An overview of the literature concerning the oceanography of the eastern North Atlantic region
Mason, E. and Coombs, S. and Oliveira, P.B. (2005) An overview of the literature concerning the oceanography of the eastern North Atlantic region. Relatorios Cientificos e Tecnicos IPIMAR Serie Digital, 33. 59. ISSN 1645-863X
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An overview of the main oceanographic features of the eastern North Atlantic boundary, with emphasis toward the upper layers, is presented. The principal features discussed are: water mass boundaries; forcing by wind, density and tides; topographic features and effects; fronts; upwelling and downwelling; poleward flows; coastal currents; eddies. The occurrence and spatial and seasonal variability of these features is described in five regional sections: Celtic Sea and western English Channel; Bay of Biscay; western Iberia; Gulf of Cadiz; northwest Africa. This paper is intended to provide a base of physical oceanographic knowledge in support of research in fisheries, biological and chemical oceanography, and marine biology.
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