Links: Please click on the links below to learn more about the North Atlantic Drift current. Example Plots are below the Links.
Example Plots: Clicking on a thumbnail image loads a larger image, clicking on the figure number downloads a PostScript image.
Figure 1.   The North Atlantic drift as represented by the Mariano Global Surface Velocity Analysis (MGSVA). The N. Atlantic drift is the broad, northward flow of surface waters that replaces the sinking waters in the N. Atlantic polar seas. Click here for example plots of seasonal averages.
Figure 2.   Global Ocean Surface Velocities from Drifters    (top panel w/ SST, bottom panel w/ Speed)    Figure Caption is Under Construction. Click here for example plots of seasonal averages.
Figure 3.   North Atlantic Drift is a relatively slow, broad flow that transports warm water northward in the Northeast Atlantic. This transport is most visible during the summer in the SST animation. It is important for bringing waters from the northern subtropical gyre flow to subpolar regions and feeding the Slope/Shelf Edge Current between the Shetland Islands and the Faroe Islands. ( Click the thumbnail to play the animation. )
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Figure 7.   Trajectories of buoys ID 03280 (red), 08521 (green), and 16217 (blue) illustrate the slow net northward/northeastward drift of the North Atlantic Current. Buoy 08521 travels from 50°N, 25°W to 60°N, 15°W in about one year. It then is in the Slope Current during June of 1994. The net speed of buoy 08521 is similar to that of buoy 08521 and is representative of the North Atlantic Drift. Buoy 16217 is a good example of how water brought north by the North Atlantic drift is entrained into the cold Norwegian Current during the fall of 1994.
Figure 8.   AVRRR image of the sea-surface temperature (SST).
Figure 9.   Geography of the region.
Figure 10.   Topography/Bathymetry of the region.