Articles | Volume 14, issue 5
Research article
05 Oct 2018
Research article |  | 05 Oct 2018

Mean circulation and EKE distribution in the Labrador Sea Water level of the subpolar North Atlantic

Jürgen Fischer, Johannes Karstensen, Marilena Oltmanns, and Sunke Schmidtko


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Short summary
Based on nearly 17 years of profiling (Argo) float data, high-resolution (~ 25 km grid) maps of mean flow and eddy kinetic energy (EKE) were constructed for the intermediate to deep subpolar North Atlantic. Robust boundary currents along topographic slopes, mid-basin advective pathways, and stagnation regimes were identified. The ratio of mean flow vs. the square root of EKE indicates regions dominated by advection, and large regions in which eddy diffusion prevails.