Ocean Currents

  • largely generated by wind- gyres
  • account for about 40% of global heat transport
  • water moves at 20-45 degree angle to wind dir due to coriolis force
  • move slower than winds - several km/day - km/hr
Major Ocean Currents:
1- gulf stream - check out the current position of the gulf stream:
3- laborador current
7- north equatorial current
8- north equatorial. counter current
9- south equatorial current
10- south equatorial counter current
11- equatorial counter current
12- kuroshio current
14- Alaska current
16- California current

Check out this animation of the annual SST temperature variations