Entrainment of shelf water by a bifurcating continental boundary current

M. E. Stern, J. Austin

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At the northeast corner of Taiwan the direction of the continental slope isobaths changes rapidly relative to the oncoming Kuroshio, so that the inertia of a small inshore fraction of this current causes it to cross the slope. It is suggested that the portion of the bifurcated current entering the shelf displaces ambient water of relatively high potential vorticity as a countercurrent, which flows across the slope. The vortex stretching and subsequent entrainment of this water into the main branch of the Kuroshio increases its maximum cyclonic vorticity and helps to maintain the inshore shear of the current. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3118-3131
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Physical Oceanography
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1995


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