Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Research article
13 May 2016
Research article |  | 13 May 2016

Occurrence and characteristics of mesoscale eddies in the tropical northeastern Atlantic Ocean

Florian Schütte, Peter Brandt, and Johannes Karstensen

Data sets

MSLA - H: Maps of Sea Level Anomalies: Height AVISO

Microwave OI SST Product Description REMSS

French ground segment for the SMOS Level 3 and 4 data CATDS

NOC Surface Flux Dataset NOC

Argo float data ARGO

Argo user’s manual V3.2 T. Carval, R. Keeley, Y. Takatsuki, T. Yoshida, C. Schmid, R. Goldsmith, A. Wong, A. Thresher, A. Tran, S. Loch, and R. Mccreadie

The assembled shipboard measurements and the part of the CVOO mooring data PANGEA

Short summary
We want to examine the characteristics of mesoscale eddies in the tropical northeastern Atlantic. They serve as transport agents, exporting water from the coast into the open ocean. Traditionally eddies are categorized with respect to their rotation: cyclonic and anticyclonic. But we could identify, with a combination of different satellite products, a third type called "anticyclonic mode-water eddy" transporting much larger anomalies. We propose a distinction into three classes for further studies.