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Title: Characteristics and evolution of an Agulhas ring
Authors: Casanova-Masjoan, M. 
Pelegrí Llopart,José Luis 
Sangrá Inciarte, Pablo 
Martínez-Marrero, Antonio 
Grisolía Santos, Diana 
Perez Hernandez, Maria Dolores 
Hernández-Guerra, A. 
UNESCO Clasification: 2510 Oceanografía
Keywords: Agulhas ring
Rotational transport
Property anomalies
Issue Date: 2017
Journal: Journal of geophysical research. Oceans 
Abstract: A South Atlantic ring is studied through remote sensing altimetry, hydrographic stations, and drifters' trajectories. The ring's core was characterized by warmer and saltier Indian Ocean waters. At the time of the cruise, the ring's signature extended radially out to 124 km and vertically down to 2000 m, and its core absolute dynamic topography (ADT) exceeded the surrounding Atlantic Ocean waters in 0.4 m. The geostrophic velocities were anticyclonic with maximum speeds about 35 cm s(-1) at 100 m and reaching negligible values near 4500 m. The rotational transport inside the ring was 33 Sv in the thermocline and intermediate layers. The drifters' data distinguish a 30-km core revolving as a solid body with periodicity near 5 days and a transitional band that revolves with constant tangential velocity, resembling a Rankine vortex. The ADT data identify the ring's track, showing that it was shed by the Agulhas Current retroflection in November 2009 and propagated northwest rapidly during the first 2 months (mean speed of about 10 cm s(-1)) but slowed down substantially (3-4 cm s(-1)) between March and July 2010, when it was last detected. The altimetry data also outlines the evolution of the ring's core ADT, radius, vorticity, and, through a simple calibration with the cruise data, rotational transport. In particular, the ring surface and vertical-mean vorticity decay with time scales of 373 and 230 days, respectively, indicating that most of the property anomalies contained by the ring are diffused out to the subtropical gyre before it reaches the western boundary current system.
ISSN: 2169-9275
DOI: 10.1002/2017JC012969
Source: Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans [ISSN 2169-9275], v. 122, p. 7049-7065
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