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Global perspectives on observing ocean boundary current systems

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posted on 2023-05-20, 06:13 authored by Todd, RE, Chavez, FP, Clayton, S, Cravatte, S, Goes, M, Graco, M, Lin, X, Sprintall, J, Zilberman, NV, Archer, M, Aristegui, J, Balmaseda, M, Bane, JM, Baringer, MO, Barth, JA, Beal, LM, Brandt, P, Calil, PHR, Campos, E, Centurioni, LR, Chidichimo, MP, Cirano, M, Cronin, MF, Curchister, EN, Davis, RE, Dengler, M, deYoung, B, Dong, S, Escribano, R, Fassbender, AJ, Fawcett, SE, Feng, M, Goni, GJ, Gray, AR, Gutierrez, D, Hebert, D, Hummels, R, Ito, S, Krug, M, Lacan, F, Laurindo, L, Lazar, A, Lee, CM, Lengaigne, M, Levine, NM, Middleton, J, Montes, I, Muglia, M, Nagai, T, Palevsky, HI, Palter, JB, Helen PhillipsHelen Phillips, Piola, A, Plueddemann, AJ, Qiu, B, Rodrigues, RR, Roughan, M, Rudnick, DL, Rykaczewski, RR, Saraceno, M, Seim, H, Sen Gupta, A, Shannon, L, Sloyan, BM, Sutton, AJ, Thompson, L, van der Plas, AK, Volkov, D, Wilkin, J, Zhang, D, Zhang, L
Ocean boundary current systems are key components of the climate system, are home to highly productive ecosystems, and have numerous societal impacts. Establishment of a global network of boundary current observing systems is a critical part of ongoing development of the Global Ocean Observing System. The characteristics of boundary current systems are reviewed, focusing on scientific and societal motivations for sustained observing. Techniques currently used to observe boundary current systems are reviewed, followed by a census of the current state of boundary current observing systems globally. The next steps in the development of boundary current observing systems are considered, leading to several specific recommendations.


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Frontiers in Marine Science



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Copyright 2019 Todd, Chavez, Clayton, Cravatte, Goes, Graco, Lin, Sprintall, Zilberman, Archer, Arístegui, Balmaseda, Bane, Baringer, Barth, Beal, randt, Calil, Campos, Centurioni, Chidichimo, Cirano, Cronin, Curchitser, Davis, Dengler, deYoung, Dong, Escribano, Fassbender, Fawcett, Feng, Goni, Gray, Gutiérrez, Hebert, Hummels, Ito, Krug, Lacan, Laurindo, Lazar, Lee, Lengaigne, Levine, Middleton, Montes, Muglia, Nagai, Palevsky, Palter, Phillips, Piola, Plueddemann, Qiu, Rodrigues, Roughan, Rudnick, Rykaczewski, Saraceno, Seim, Sen Gupta, Shannon, Sloyan, Sutton, Thompson, van der Plas, Volkov, Wilkin, Zhang and Zhang. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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Climate variability (excl. social impacts)