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Tropical Atlantic Variability

Equatorial Currents

Equatorial Currents

The eastern equatorial Atlantic is characterized by a "cold tongue" of water which seasonally extends westward from Africa along the equator to the central Atlantic. Several PhOD research activities are focused on understanding how the currents in the cold tongue region are modified by locally forced events (anomalous winds, warming/cooling), and by remotely-forced equatorial waves.

Projects

Evaulation of the Three-Dimensional Structure of Velocity in the Central and Eastern Equatorial Atlantic

Renellys Perez, Rick Lumpkin, Claudia Schmid Greg Foltz, and Chris Meinen

In this project, measurements obtained from cruises, moorings, drifters, and satellites are used, in conjunction with numerical models, to study the upper-ocean circulation in the central and eastern equatorial Atlantic. Go