GDP Bibliography

Updated February 09, 2022

Publications: 1161

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32 Entries

Aaboe, S., O. A. Nost, and E. Hansen (2009), Along-slope variability of barotropic transport in the Nordic Seas: Simplified dynamics tested against observations, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 114.

Abbott, M. R., and R. M. Letelier (1998), Decorrelation scales of chlorophyll as observed from bio-optical drifters in the California Current, Deep-Sea Research Part II-Topical Studies in Oceanography, 45(8-9), 1639-1667.

Abbott, M. R., J. G. Richman, R. M. Letelier, and J. S. Bartlett (2000), The spring bloom in the Antarctic Polar Frontal Zone as observed from a mesoscale array of bio-optical sensors, Deep-Sea Research Part II-Topical Studies in Oceanography, 47(15-16), 3285-3314.




81 Entries

Bacon, S., G. Reverdin, I. G. Rigor, and H. M. Snaith (2002), A freshwater jet on the east Greenland shelf, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 107(C7).

Badin, G., R. G. Williams, J. T. Holt, and L. J. Fernand (2009), Are mesoscale eddies in shelf seas formed by baroclinic instability of tidal fronts?, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 114.

Ballantyne, V. A., M. G. G. Foreman, W. R. Crawford, and R. Jacques (1996), Three-dimensional model simulations for the north coast of British Columbia, Continental Shelf Research, 16(13), 1655-1682.




84 Entries

Caballero, A., M. Espino, Y. Sagarminaga, L. Ferrer, A. Uriarte, and M. Gonzalez (2008), Simulating the migration of drifters deployed in the Bay of Biscay, during the Prestige crisis, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 56(3), 475-482.

Campagna, C., A. R. Piola, M. R. Marin, M. Lewis, and T. Fernandez (2006), Southern elephant seal trajectories, fronts and eddies in the Brazil/Malvinas Confluence, Deep-Sea Research Part I-Oceanographic Research Papers, 53(12), 1907-1924.

Capet, A., E. Mason, V.Rossi, C. Troupin, Y. Faugere, I.Pujol, A. Pascual, (2014) Implications of refined altimetry on estimates of mesoscale activity and eddy-driven offshore transport in the Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 7602-7610, doi:101002/2014GL061770.




61 Entries

D’Asaro, E. A. (1992), Estimation of velocity from Argos-tracked surface drifters during ocean storms, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 9(5), 680-686.

D’Asaro, E. A., C. C. Eriksen, M. D. Levine, P. Niiler, C. A. Paulson, and P. Vanmeurs (1995), Upper-ocean inertial currents forced by a strong storm .1. Data and comparisons with linear-theory, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 25(11), 2909-2936.

D'Asaro, E. A., T. B. Sanford, P. P. Niiler, and E. J. Terrill (2007), Cold wake of Hurricane Frances, Geophysical Research Letters, 34(15).




19 Entries

Ebuchi, N. R. (2006), Seasonal and interannual variations in the East Sakhalin Current revealed by TOPEX/POSEIDON altimeter data, Journal of Oceanography, 62(2), 171-183.

Editor, J. (2005), Global drifter program spans the globe, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 86(12), 1718-1719.Edson, J., et al. (2007), The coupled boundary layers and air-sea transfer experiment in low winds, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 88(3), 341-+.

Edwards, K. P., F. E. Werner, and B. O. Blanton (2006), Comparison of observed and modeled drifter trajectories in coastal regions: An improvement through adjustments for observed drifter slip and errors in wind fields, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 23(11), 1614-1620.




38 Entries

Falco, P., and E. Zambianchi (2011), Near-surface structure of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current derived from World Ocean Circulation Experiment drifter data, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 116.

Falco, P., A. Griffa, P. M. Poulain, and E. Zambianchi (2000), Transport properties in the Adriatic Sea as deduced from drifter data, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 30(8), 2055-2071.

Fan, S. J., L. Y. Oey, and P. Hamilton (2004), Assimilation of drifter and satellite data in a model of the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico, Continental Shelf Research, 24(9), 1001-1013.




40 Entries

G. Reverdin, S. Morisset, J. Boutin, N. Martin, M. Sena-Martins, F. Gaillard, P. Blouch, J. Rolland, J. Font, J. Salvador, P. Fernández, and D. Stammer, 2014: Validation of Salinity Data from Surface Drifters. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 31, 967–983.

Gacic, M., G. Civitarese, G. L. E. Borzelli, V. Kovacevic, P. M. Poulain, A. Theocharis, M. Menna, A. Catucci, and N. Zarokanellos (2011), On the relationship between the decadal oscillations of the northern Ionian Sea and the salinity distributions in the eastern Mediterranean, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 116.

García-Ladona, Emilio & Allegue, J. & Ballabrera, Joaquim & Perez, Fernando. (2019). Especificaciones de formatos de intercambio de datos relativos a las observaciones lagrangianas. 10.13140/RG.2.2.30493.23525,




91 Entries

Hakkinen, S., and P. B. Rhines (2009), Shifting surface currents in the northern North Atlantic Ocean, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 114.

Hakkinen, S., P. B. Rhines, and D. L. Worthen (2011), Warm and saline events embedded in the meridional circulation of the northern North Atlantic, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 116,C03006, doi:10.1029/2010JC006275.

Halide, H., and B. G. Sanderson (1993), Determining flow field singularities from drifter trajectories, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 98(C5), 8413-8423.




11 Entries

Ichikawa, H., and R. C. Beardsley (2002), The current system in the Yellow and East China Seas, Journal of Oceanography, 58(1), 77-92.

Imawaki, S., H. Ichikawa, M. Ikeda, A. Isobe, and M. Kamachi (2004), Introduction to special section: Kuroshio observation, state estimation and prediction, Journal of Oceanography, 60(2), 265-268.

Isachsen, P. E., J. H. LaCasce, C. Mauritzen, and S. Hakkinen (2003), Wind-driven variability of the large-scale recirculating flow in the Nordic seas and Arctic Ocean, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 33(12), 2534-2550.




22 Entries

Jakobsen, P. K., M. H. Ribergaard, D. Quadfasel, T. Schmith, and C. W. Hughes (2003), Near-surface circulation in the northern North Atlantic as inferred from Lagrangian drifters: Variability from the mesoscale to interannual, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 108(C8).

Jan, S., Y. H. Tseng, and D. E. Dietrich (2010), Sources of Water in the Taiwan Strait, Journal of Oceanography, 66(2), 211-221.

Jan, S., C.-C. Chen, Y.-L. Tsai, Y. J. Yang, J. Wang, C.-S. Chern, G. Gawarkiewicz, R.-C. Lien, L. Centurioni, and J.-Y. Kuo (2011), Mean Structure and Variability of the Cold Dome Northeast of Taiwan, Oceanography, 24(4), 100-109 Keywords: oceanography of Taiwan ; cold dome ; upwelling ; Kuroshio ; East China Sea.




54 Entries

Kako, S., A. Isobe, S. Yoshioka, P. H. Chang, T. Matsuno, S. H. Kim, and J. S. Lee (2010), Technical Issues in Modeling Surface-Drifter Behavior on the East China Sea Shelf, Journal of Oceanography, 66(2), 161-174.

Kaplan, D. M., J. Largier, and L. W. Botsford (2005), HF radar observations of surface circulation off Bodega Bay (northern California, USA), Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 110(C10).

Kara, A. B., C. N. Barron, A. J. Wallcraft, T. Oguz, and K. S. Casey (2008), Advantages of fine resolution SSTs for small ocean basins: Evaluation in the Black Sea, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 113(C8).




116 Entries

L'Hégaret, P., Beal, L. M., Elipot, S., & Laurindo, L. C. (2018). Shallow cross‐equatorial gyres of the Indian Ocean driven by seasonally reversing monsoon winds. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123, 8902– 8920.

Lacasce, J. H. (2005), On the Eulerian and Lagrangian velocity distributions in the North Atlantic, Journal Of.Physical Oceanography, 35, 2327-2336.

LaCasce, J. H. (2008), Statistics from Lagrangian observations, Progress in Oceanography, 77(1), 1-29.




89 Entries

Ma, C., D. X. Wu, and X. P. Lin (2009), Variability of surface velocity in the Kuroshio Current and adjacent waters derived from Argos drifter buoys and satellite altimeter data, Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology, 27(2), 208-217.

Ma, C., S. Li, Y. Yang, J. Yang, and G. Chen, 2019: Extraction of Revolving Channels of Drifters around Mesoscale Eddy Centers Based on Spatiotemporal Trajectory Clustering. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 36, 1903–1916,

MacFadyen, A., B. M. Hickey, and M. G. G. Foreman (2005), Transport of surface waters from the Juan de Fuca eddy region to the Washington coast, Continental Shelf Research, 25(16), 2008-2021.




23 Entries

Nakamoto, S. (1994), Lagrangian drifter paths and length scales in the tropical Pacific warmpool from 1990 to 1991, European Geophysical Society, 1, 57-63.

Nakamura, H., H. Ichikawa, A. Nishina, and H. J. Lie (2003), Kuroshio path meander between the continental slope and the Tokara Strait in the East China Sea, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 108(C11).

Naimie, C.E., R. Limeburner, et al. (2001), On the geographic and seasonal patterns of the near-surface circulation on Georges Bank - from real and simulated drifters, Deep-Sea Research Part II-Topical Studies in Oceanography 48(1-3): 501-518.




36 Entries

Ochoa, J., and P. P. Niiler (2007), Vertical vorticity balance in meanders downstream the agulhas retroflection, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 37(6), 1740-1744.

O'Connor, B. M., R. A. Fine, and D. B. Olson (2005), A global comparison of subtropical underwater formation rates, Deep-Sea Research Part I-Oceanographic Research Papers, 52(9), 1569-1590.

O'Connor, B. M., R. A. Fine, K. A. Maillet, and D. B. Olson (2002), Formation rates of subtropical underwater in the Pacific Ocean, Deep-Sea Research Part I-Oceanographic Research Papers, 49(9), 1571-1590.




71 Entries

Paduan, J. D., and P. P. Niiler (1990), A lagrangian description of motion in northern california coastal transition filaments, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 95(C10), 18095-18109.

Paduan, J. D., and P. P. Niiler (1993), Structure of velocity and temperature in the northeast pacific as measured with lagrangian drifters in fall 1987, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 23(4), 585-600.

Paduan, J. D., and L. K. Rosenfeld (1996), Remotely sensed surface currents in Monterey Bay from shore-based HF radar (Coastal Ocean Dynamics Application Radar), Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 101(C9), 20669-20686.




4 Entries

Qian, Yu-Kun, Shiqiu Peng, and Yineng Li, 2013: Eulerian and Lagrangian Statistics in the South China Sea as Deduced from Surface Drifters. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 43, 726–743, doi:

Qiu, Y., L. Li, and W. D. Yu (2009), Behavior of the Wyrtki Jet observed with surface drifting buoys and satellite altimeter, Geophysical Research Letters, 36.

Qiu, B., D. A. Koh, C. Lumpkin, and P. Flament (1997), Existence and formation mechanism of the North Hawaiian Ridge Current, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 27(3), 431-444.




52 Entries

Rabinovich, A. B., and R. E. Thomson (2001), Evidence of diurnal shelf waves in satellite-tracked drifter trajectories off the Kuril Islands, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 31(9), 2650-2668.

Rabinovich, A. B., R. E. Thomson, and S. J. Bograd (2002), Drifter observations of anticyclonic eddies near Bussol' Strait, the Kuril Islands, Journal of Oceanography, 58(5), 661-671.

Radenac, M. H., Y. Dandonneau, and B. Blanke (2005), Displacements and transformations of nitrate-rich and nitrate-poor water masses in the tropical Pacific during the 1997 El Nino, Ocean Dynamics, 55(1), 34-46.




79 Entries

Saha, K., A. Ignatov, X. M. Liang, and P. Dash, 2012: Selecting a first-guess sea surface temperature field as input to forward radiative transfer models. J. Geophys. Res., 117, C12001,

Saenko, O. A., Yang, D., Gregory, J. M., Spence, P., Myers, P. G. (2015) Separating the influence of projected changes in air temperature and wind on patterns of sea level change and ocean heat content, Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 120(8), 5749-5765,

Saha, S., and Coauthors, 2010: The NCEP Climate Forecast System Reanalysis. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 91, 1015–1058,




29 Entries

Taillandier, V., A. Griffa, and A. Molcard (2006), A variational approach for the reconstruction of regional scale Eulerian velocity fields from Lagrangian data, Ocean Modelling, 13(1), 1-24.

Taillandier, V., A. Griffa, P. M. Poulain, R. Signell, J. Chiggiato, and S. Carniel (2008), Variational analysis of drifter positions and model outputs for the reconstruction of surface currents in the central Adriatic during fall 2002, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 113(C4).

Tang, C. L., W. Perrie, A. D. Jenkins, B. M. DeTracey, Y. Hu, B. Toulany, and P. C. Smith (2007), Observation and modeling of surface currents on the Grand Banks: A study of the wave effects on surface currents, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 112(C10).




7 Entries

Ubelmann, C., and L. L. Fu (2011), Cyclonic eddies formed at the Pacific tropical instability wave fronts, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 116.

Uchida, H., and S. Imawaki (2003), Eulerian mean surface velocity field derived by combining drifter and satellite altimeter data, Geophysical Research Letters, 30(5).

Uchida, H., S. Imawaki, and J. H. Hu (1998), Comparison of Kuroshio surface velocities derived from satellite altimeter and drifting buoy data, Journal of Oceanography, 54, 115-122.




36 Entries

Valdimarsson, H., and S. A. Malmberg (1999), Near-surface circulation in Icelandic waters derived from satellite tracked drifters, Rit Fiskideildar.J.Mar.Res.Inst-Reykjavik, 16, 23-39.

van Aken, H. M. (2002), Surface currents in the Bay of Biscay as observed with drifters between 1995 and 1999, Deep-Sea Research Part I-Oceanographic Research Papers, 49(6), 1071-1086.

van Aken, H. M., and G. Becker (1996), Hydrography and through-flow in the north-eastern North Atlantic Ocean: the NANSEN project, Progress in Oceanography, 38(4), 297-346.




27 Entries

Wang, J. D. (1998), Subtidal flow patterns in western Florida Bay, Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 46(6), 901-915.

Wang, J. and L.Y. Oey, 2016: Seasonal Exchanges of the Kuroshio and Shelf Waters and Their Impacts on the Shelf Currents of the East China Sea. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 46, 1615–1632,

Wang, G. H., D. X. Wang, and T. J. Zhou (2012), Upper layer circulation in the Luzon Strait, Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management, 15(1), 39-45.




5 Entries

Xie, J. P., J. Zhu, and Y. Li (2008), Assessment and inter-comparison of five high-resolution sea surface temperature products in the shelf and coastal seas around China, Continental Shelf Research, 28(10-11), 1286-1293.

Xie, J., F. Counillon, J. Zhu, and L. Bertino (2011), An eddy resolving tidal-driven model of the South China Sea assimilating along-track SLA data using the EnOI, Ocean Science, 7(5), 609-627.

Xu, F., and A. Ignatov (2010), Evaluation of in situ sea surface temperatures for use in the calibration and validation of satellite retrievals, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 115.




22 Entries

Yan, X. H., P. P. Niiler, and R. H. Stewart (1991), Construction and accuracy analysis of images of the daily-mean mixed-layer depth, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 12(12), 2573-2584.

Yanagi, T., A. Morimoto, and K. Ichikawa (1997), Seasonal variation in surface circulation of the East China Sea and the Yellow Sea derived from satellite altimetric data, Continental Shelf Research, 17(6), 655-664.

Yanagi, T., T. Shimizu, and H. J. Lie (1998), Detailed structure of the Kuroshio frontal eddy along the shelf edge of the East China Sea, Continental Shelf Research, 18(9), 1039-+.




30 Entries

Zaiss, J., Boyd, P. W., Doney, S. C., Havenhand, J. N., & Levine, N. M. (2021). Impact of Lagrangian sea surface temperature variability on Southern Ocean phytoplankton community growth rates. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 35, e2020GB006880.

Zambianchi E., Budillon G., Falco P., Spezie G. (1999) Observations of the Dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current in the Pacific Sector of the Southern Ocean. In: Spezie G., Manzella G.M.R. (eds) Oceanography of the Ross Sea Antarctica. Springer, Milano

Zaron, E. D., and Ray, R. D., (2017), Using an altimeter-derived internal tide model to remove tides from in situ data, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 9, 4241–4245, doi:10.1002/2017GL072950.