Articles | Volume 17, issue 2
Ocean Sci., 17, 527–541, 2021
Ocean Sci., 17, 527–541, 2021

Research article 09 Apr 2021

Research article | 09 Apr 2021

Sensitive dependence of trajectories on tracer seeding positions – coherent structures in German Bight backward drift simulations

Ulrich Callies

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An analysis of simulated German Bight surface currents reveals linear structures along which water bodies of different origin converge. Identification of these non-stationary structures supports the interpretation of monitoring data; observations gathered at stations that are neighbouring but separated by a line of convergence may substantially differ. The analysis could also be helpful for organizing field campaigns such that new observations do not just duplicate information already available.