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OS | Articles | Volume 14, issue 5
Ocean Sci., 14, 971–997, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-14-971-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
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Ocean Sci., 14, 971–997, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-14-971-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 10 Sep 2018

Research article | 10 Sep 2018

A model perspective on the dynamics of the shadow zone of the eastern tropical North Atlantic – Part 1: the poleward slope currents along West Africa

Lala Kounta et al.
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The currents along the West African seaboard are poorly known. Based on a carefully evaluated numerical simulation the present study describes these currents in the sector 8–20°N and the physical processes that drive them. Prevailing northward flow with two intensification periods per year is identified. Both local and distant coastal winds (blowing as far as thousands of kilometers away in the Gulf of Guinea) contribute to the circulation in this sector.
The currents along the West African seaboard are poorly known. Based on a carefully evaluated...
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