Gulf Stream Fluctuations and Meanders over the Onslow Bay Upper Continental Slope Academic Article uri icon


  • North North Carolina Univ., U.S.A. The principal fluctuations observed during the 4-month winter experiment are consistent with Webster's description of downstream propagating, skewed, lateral meanders of the Gulf Stream over the upper continental slope, Concurrent satellite images of a sea surface temperature (SST) meander pattern indicate that subsurface temperature, salinity, velocity and relative-vorticity maxima occured as meander crests (shoreward SST-front excursions) passed over the experiment site. The meandering currents were not coherent with nearby wind stress or coastal sea level fluctuations. Eddy-flux estimates indicate energy conversion from the fluctuations to the mean stream. (from authors abstract)

author list (cited authors)

  • Brooks, D. A., & Bane, J. M.

citation count

  • 58

publication date

  • February 1981