Articles | Volume 15, issue 6
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-15-1691-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-15-1691-2019
Research article
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13 Dec 2019
Research article |  | 13 Dec 2019

Rotation of floating particles in submesoscale cyclonic and anticyclonic eddies: a model study for the southeastern Baltic Sea

Victor Zhurbas, Germo Väli, and Natalia Kuzmina

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Spiral streaks or spirals are a common feature on satellite images of the sea surface. Spirals are overwhelmingly cyclonic: they wind anticlockwise in the Northern Hemisphere. Based on a regional circulation model with very high resolution we concluded that submesoscale cyclonic eddies differ from anticyclonic eddies in three ways favoring the formation of spirals: they can be characterized by (a) higher angular velocity, (b) more pronounced differential rotation and (c) negative helicity.