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The shelf-edge current north-west of Ireland

M. White
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P. Bowyer
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Measurements of the slope current at two locations north-west of Ireland have been made between April and December 1994, 40 m above the seabed in a water depth of 660 m. A persistent poleward along-slope current was observed at both locations, with measured means of 10 and 21cms?1 respectively. A CTD transect across the slope near one mooring indicated the presence of a light, warm, saline core of water at the shelf edge. Peak currents were O(50)cms?1, with strongest mean flow at the location with steeper slope. Variability at sub-tidal periods, principally 2?5 and 11?12 days, was apparent. The shorter-period variability was well correlated with coastal sea-level variations measured at a land point near to one of the moorings. The variability in the slope current at this period appeared to be a result of the warm current core movement up/down slope, probably as a result of interaction with higher-mode shelf waves. Some suggestion of a bottom-trapped diurnal wave was also found at one location.
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M. White, P. Bowyer. The shelf-edge current north-west of Ireland. Annales Geophysicae, 1997, 15 (8), pp.1076-1083. ⟨hal-00316312⟩


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