Report of the
U.S. GLOBEC Georges Bank
18 - 20 November 2003, Rhode Island
|Cover Page Acknowledgements Introduction Narrative Presentation Abstracts Poster Presentations Appendix I: Agenda Appendix II: List of Participants Appendix III: List of Planned Publications||
U.S. GLOBEC SeaSoar Results
K. Brink1and C. Lee2
During the wintertime cruise, very severe weather conditions were encountered, so that it was not possible to develop a spatial time series as we had hoped. We did have enough information to say, however, that over the Bank (inside around the 70m isobath), heat and salt balances indicated a local balance with surface fluxes. In deeper waters, however, advective effects were clearly important.
During the summertime cruise, we observed the development of a massive (almost unprecedented) intrusion of Gulf Stream Ring water onto the Bank. This water had Gulf Stream-like properties and was found as far onto the Bank as about the 70 or 80m isobath. It appears that, once this water was established on the Bank, it remained there and dissipated in place. Although this was an extremely dramatic event, we argue that it was not actually a major contributor to shelf-edge exchanges over a seasonal time scale.