The oceanic response to cross-equatorial winds (with application to coastal upwelling in low latitudes).

Samuel Philander, R. C. Pacanowski

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Abstract

Sea surface temperature variations observed in the eastern equatorial Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on seasonal, and possibly interannual (El Nino) time scales, may to a large extent be due to the variability of the local meridional winds. In a numerical model of the ocean, southerly winds cause low sea surface temperatures in the SE part of the basin because the coastal upwelling zone is extended far westward by advection and Rossby wave propagation which is important on time scales greater than a month. North of the equator sea surface temperatures are high. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-210
Number of pages10
JournalTellus
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

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