The Canary Basin contribution to the seasonal cycle of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation at 268N
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AuthorsPérez-Hernández, M.D. (María Dolores); McCarthy, G.D. (Gerard); Vélez-Belchí, P. (Pedro); Smeed, D.A. (David); Fraile-Nuez, E. (Eugenio); Hernández-Guerra, A. (Alonso)
This study examines the seasonal cycle of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) and its eastern boundary contributions. The cycle has a magnitude of 6 Sv, as measured by the RAPID/MOCHA/WBTS project array at 268N, which is driven largely by the eastern boundary. The eastern boundary variations are explored in the context of the regional circulation around the Canary Islands. There is a 3 month lag between maximum wind forcing and the largest eastern boundary transports, which is explained in terms of a model for Rossby wave generated at the eastern boundary. Two dynamic processes take place through the Lanzarote Passage (LP) in fall: the recirculation of the Canary Current and the north- ward flow of the Intermediate Poleward Undercurrent. In contrast, during the remaining seasons the trans- port through the LP is southward due to the Canary Upwelling Current. These processes are linked to the seasonal cycle of the AMOC.
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