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Dynamical characteristics of the Cape Verde frontal zone

AutorPérez Rodríguez, Pilar; Pelegrí, Josep Lluís ; Marrero-Díaz, Ángeles
Palabras claveCape Verde
Frontal zone
Water masses
Geostrophic transport
Isopycnic coordinates
Fecha de publicaciónjul-2001
EditorCSIC - Instituto de Ciencias del Mar (ICM)
CitaciónScientia Marina 65(Suppl.1): 241-250 (2001)
ResumenWe analysed historical data (Fraga and Manríquez, 1974; Manríquez and Fraga, 1978) to investigate the relation between the position of the Cape Verde frontal region and the geostrophic velocity field in summer and winter. The position of the front is well determined in the plotting of the salinity and nutrient distributions in isopycnic coordinates. The geostrophic velocity shows sharp gradients as a function of density and distance on sections normal to the coast. These gradients are reasonable well correlated with the frontal position and indicate the existence of strong meridional interleaving. The flow field relative to 400 m illustrates this interleaving as fluctuations on a westward mean flow. The surface temperature distribution undergoes very large latitudinal displacements but may help to locate the presence of north and south surface water
Versión del editorhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3989/scimar.2001.65s1241
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/5381
DOI10.3989/scimar.2001.65s1241
ISSN0214-8358 (print edition)
1886-8134 (online edition)
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