Articles | Volume 16, issue 3
Ocean Sci., 16, 637–655, 2020
Ocean Sci., 16, 637–655, 2020

Research article 25 May 2020

Research article | 25 May 2020

Circulation of the European northwest shelf: a Lagrangian perspective

Marcel Ricker and Emil V. Stanev

Data sets

German Bight surface drifter data from Heincke cruise HE 445, 2015 R. Carrasco and J. Horstmann

Short summary
The dynamics of the European northwest shelf are analysed using both classical Eulerian and Lagrangian data from simulated particles. Focussing on the latter, a quantity named normalised cumulative particle density measures particle accumulation. Yearly averages reveal no surface accumulation areas in the deep ocean and elongated patterns on the shelf mainly along fronts. Sensitivity experiments show the influence of tides and wind, unveiling important vertical dynamics in coastal areas.