Eddy- and wind-forced shelf circulation

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Cochrane and Kelly (1986) proposed a cyclonic gyre as the large-scale mean circulation on the Louisiana-Texas (LATEX) shelf, produced by a convergence of coastal currents in the west and a divergence in the east. A numerical model is used to show that the western convergence and shelf break current are driven by collision and stalling of westward propagating Loop Current eddies in the northwest Gulf of Mexico and the divergence in the east is caused by shoreward intrusion in the Mississippi Canyon. The western convergence and shelf break current are modulated by the wind curl. -from Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8621-8637
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research E: Planets
Issue numberC5
StatePublished - 1995


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