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J Candela ; J Sheinbaum ; A Badan ; J Ochoa ;Ciencias Marinas 2011, 37 (4A)

Author: G Athié

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Ciencias Marinas ISSN: 0185-3880 cmarinas@uabc.mx Universidad Autónoma de Baja California México Athié, G; Candela, J; Sheinbaum, J; Badan, A; Ochoa, J Yucatan Current variability through the Cozumel and Yucatan channels Ciencias Marinas, vol.
37, núm.
4A, diciembre, 2011, pp.
471-492 Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Ensenada, México Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=48020747008 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative Ciencias Marinas (2011), 37(4A): 471–492 Yucatan Current variability through the Cozumel and Yucatan channels C M Estructura de la corriente de Yucatán en los canales de Cozumel y Yucatán G Athié*, J Candela, J Sheinbaum, A Badan†, J Ochoa Departamento de Oceanografía Física, Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE), Carretera Ensenada-Tijuana No.
3918, Zona Playitas, Ensenada 22860, Baja California, México. * Corresponding author.
E-mail: gathie@cicese.mx ABSTRACT.
A comparison based on eight months of simultaneous observations of the flow variability in the Yucatan and Cozumel channels shows that the portion of the Yucatan Current that crosses through Cozumel Channel is best correlated with the flow near the center of the Yucatan Channel within the core of the Yucatan Current (defined here as velocities in excess of 0.6 m s–1).
The core has a mean transport of 9 Sv, which is about 40% of that measured for the entire Yucatan Channel cross section.
The position of maximum current velocity oscillates within the mean core position in the Yucatan Channel, shifting eastward when the current intensifies in Cozumel Channel and westward when it weakens, indicative of a current behavior dominated by inertia instead of topograph...





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