Articles | Volume 11, issue 4
Ocean Sci., 11, 657–666, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-11-657-2015

Special issue: Oceanographic processes on the continental shelf: observations...

Ocean Sci., 11, 657–666, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-11-657-2015

Research article 31 Aug 2015

Research article | 31 Aug 2015

Impact of currents on surface flux computations and their feedback on dynamics at regional scales

A. Olita et al.

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The paper studies the impact of the use of relative winds (i.e., winds minus ocean currents) to compute heat and momentum fluxes at sea surface. This was done in an area interested by mesoscale eddies and a local boundary current. Impact is relevant both for heat and momentum fluxes. Major differences can be observed in areas with large mesoscale activity. Results suggest that surface currents component in fluxes computation should not be neglected even at such scales and latitudes.