Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
Ocean Sci., 12, 153–167, 2016
Ocean Sci., 12, 153–167, 2016

Research article 18 Jan 2016

Research article | 18 Jan 2016

The flow field of the upper hypoxic eastern tropical North Atlantic oxygen minimum zone

L. Stramma et al.

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Cited articles

Banyte, D., Tanhua, T., Visbeck, M., Wallace, D. W. R., Karstensen, J., Krahmann, G., Schneider, A., Stramma, L., and Dengler, M.: Diapycnal diffusivity at the upper boundary of the tropical North Atlantic oxygen minimum zone, J. Geophys. Res., 117, C09016,, 2012.
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Brandt, P., Hormann, V., Körtzinger, A., Visbeck, M., Krahmann, G., Stramma, L., Lumpkin, R., and Schmid, C.: Changes in the ventilation of the oxygen minimum zone of the tropical North Atlantic, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 40, 1784–1801,, 2010.
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The subsurface circulation in the eastern tropical North Atlantic OMZ is derived from velocity, float and tracer data and data assimilation results, and shows a cyclonic flow around the Guinea Dome reaching into the oxygen minimum zone. The stronger cyclonic flow around the Guinea Dome in 2009 seem to be connected to a strong Atlantic Meridional Mode (AMM) event. A continuous deoxygenation trend of the low oxygen layer was confirmed. Eddy influence is weak south of the Cape Verde Islands.