Articles | Volume 11, issue 4
Ocean Sci., 11, 629–641, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-11-629-2015
Ocean Sci., 11, 629–641, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-11-629-2015

Research article 12 Aug 2015

Research article | 12 Aug 2015

Eddy surface properties and propagation at Southern Hemisphere western boundary current systems

G. S. Pilo et al.

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Oceanic eddies are closed circulation features that transport water between regions, taking part in the ocean's heat and salt balance. We perform a comparative eddy census in the East Australian, Agulhas and Brazil currents. We find that eddy propagation in all systems is steered by the local mean flow and bathymetry. Also, eddies present a geographic segregation according to size. Investigating eddy propagation helps us to better understand their effect in local mixing.