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GEO130 – OCEANOGRAPHY

WBC (Gulf Stream) vs EBC (California Current)


The Gulf Stream
A Western Boundary Current
From Daytona Beach, FL to 45oN
26May2011 00z
v-Component of Current Velocity
Red = northward flow, blue = southward flow

Western Boundary Currents are: Narrow, Deep and Fast
The great depth restricts Upwelling

Data:Hycom.org, plotted with Ocean Data View






The California Current
An Eastern Boundary Current
39o North
26May2011 00z
v-Component of Current Velocity
Red = northward flow, blue = southward flow

Eastern Boundary Currents are: Wide, Shallow and Sluggish
The shallow depth permits Upwelling

Data:Hycom.org, plotted with Ocean Data View