Comment on “New Global Drifter Data Set Available”

Lutjeharms, Johann, Ansorge, Isabelle, Gründlingh, Marten, Van Ballegooyen, Roy, Weeks, Scarla, Machu, Eric and Boebel, Olaf (2004) Comment on “New Global Drifter Data Set Available”. Eos Transactions American Geophysical Union, 85 19: 188-188. doi:10.1029/2004EO190008

Author Lutjeharms, Johann
Ansorge, Isabelle
Gründlingh, Marten
Van Ballegooyen, Roy
Weeks, Scarla
Machu, Eric
Boebel, Olaf
Title Comment on “New Global Drifter Data Set Available”
Journal name Eos Transactions American Geophysical Union   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0096-3941
Publication date 2004-05-11
Sub-type Discussion - responses, round table/panel discussions, Q&A, reply
DOI 10.1029/2004EO190008
Volume 85
Issue 19
Start page 188
End page 188
Total pages 1
Place of publication Washington, DC
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Language eng
Subject 0405 Oceanography
Abstract Stephen Pazan and Peter Niiler (Eos, 13 January 2004, p. 17) ably describe the global drifter data set that has now been assembled, its potential value to the oceanographic community, and the locations on the Internet where it can be found. This is indeed an extraordinary resource that can be of immense value to a spectrum of oceanographers. In their enthusiasm to propound the usefulness of the data they may, however, have made one serious error. In illustrating the meandering nature of the Agulhas Return Current with drifter tracks they state, “New circulation features are also being discovered...In Figure 2 the Agulhas Current can be seen flowing south of the east coast of South Africa; it separates from the coast and meanders northward and southward seven times as it flows to the coast (sic; they mean: to the east). These meanders, which are steadily present from 1979 to 2002, have not been observed before ....”
Keyword Oceanography: General: Descriptive and regional oceanography
Oceanography: Physical: Western boundary currents
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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