Title

Shelf break Exchange Events near the De Soto Canyon

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2015

Keywords

Eddies, Shelf-slope exchange, De Soto Canyon Drifters, Remote sensing, Hydrography

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.csr.2015.09.021

Abstract

Observations of currents, temperature, sea-surface height, sea-surface temperature and ocean color, derived from moorings, surface and deep drifters, hydrographic surveys, and satellites, are used to characterize shelf-slope exchange events near the apex of the De Soto Canyon in the northeast Gulf of Mexico. During the winter of 2012–2013, shelf-break time series showed a number of events where cold shelf water extruded over the slope. These events were largely consistent with slope eddies of both signs influencing shelf break currents. Larger-scale circulations, derived from the Loop Current and a separating Loop Current eddy, strongly influenced circulation over the De Soto slope during summer 2012, with flow patterns consistent with potential vorticity conservation over shoaling topography. Statistical investigation into shelf-slope exchange using large numbers of surface drifters indicated that export from the shelf is larger than vice-versa, and is more uniformly distributed along the shelf break. Import onto the shelf appears to favor a region just east of the Mississippi Delta, which is also consistent with the observed onshore transport of surface oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

Continental Shelf Research, v. 110, p. 25-38

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