Laboratory 4 - Oceanographers

Examine the three images below which show the current information, SST, and altimetry for January 1, 2008.

 

(a)  Indicate the following on the SST chart:  (a) Loop current;  (b) one cold ring or eddy;  (c)  one warm ring or eddy. 

 

(b)  Geostrophic balance occurs in both the atmosphere and the ocean. Briefly discuss geostrophic balance in the oceans. (Metr 201 link to discussion of geostrophic flow in the atmosphere and ocean.)

 

(c) Cite the evidence you see on the chart that the currents shown are in geostrophic balance.