Sea-Surface Flow in the Northeast Gulf of Mexico Using Surface Drifter, Topex/Ers Altimetry, and Noaa/Avhrr Data
The surface flow near the shelf in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico (NEGOM) was examined using monthly mean NOAA/AVHRR sea-surface temperature (SST) data, TOPEX/ERS sea-surface height (SSH) data, and surface current data from drifters released in 1996 and tracked by the NOAA/ARGOS tracking system. From January through July, the shelf-break flow in the DeSoto Canyon region was eastward and southward in the west Florida Shelf region. The shelf-break circulation was jet-like and anticyclonic, following the curvature of the shelf off the Florida Panhandle region. In August, a flow reversed and the mean shelf-break surface currents were northward off the west Florida Shelf, westward in the DeSoto Canyon region, and offshore in the Mississippi Delta region. This gave the flow a cyclonic curvature. Potential forcing functions for the observed circulation patterns are discussed.
Citation / Publisher Attribution
International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), v. 5, p. 1866-1868
Scholar Commons Citation
Vukovich, Fred M. and Muller-Karger, Frank E., "Sea-Surface Flow in the Northeast Gulf of Mexico Using Surface Drifter, Topex/Ers Altimetry, and Noaa/Avhrr Data" (2000). Marine Science Faculty Publications. 1167.