Articles | Volume 13, issue 4
Ocean Sci., 13, 531–549, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-13-531-2017
Ocean Sci., 13, 531–549, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-13-531-2017

Research article 06 Jul 2017

Research article | 06 Jul 2017

On the meridional ageostrophic transport in the tropical Atlantic

Yao Fu et al.

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Meridional Ekman transport in the tropical Atlantic was estimated directly by using observed ageostrophic velocity, and indirectly by using wind stress data. The direct and indirect methods agree well with each other. The top of the pycnocline represents the Ekman depth better than the mixed layer depth and a constant depth. The Ekman heat and salt fluxes calculated from sea surface temperature and salinity or from high-resolution temperature and salinity profile data differ only marginally.