Subpolar Gyres and the Arctic Ocean

  • G. T. Needler
Part of the Topics in Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences book series (TATM)


The northern parts of the world’s oceans, and in particular the Arctic Ocean, remain in many ways unexplored regarding their basic oceanographic properties and the role of quasi-geostrophic eddies in these regions is certainly far from clear. On the other hand, in various local areas information is available about particular oceanographic systems and a variety of eddy types has already been identified. In this chapter some of these are discussed in terms of the areas where they are found. While the presentation is not intended to be exhaustive, it will be seen that enough is known to show that quasi-geostrophic motions play a variety of major roles in the dynamics of the northern oceans.


Arctic Ocean Subpolar Gyre Dynamic Height Eddy Kinetic Energy Lomonosov Ridge 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983

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