The physical oceanography of Georges Bank:
An overview


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Sandra Werner
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Wednesday, June 3, 1998
3:30 p.m.—Pacific Forum

Georges Bank is a shallow submarine bank located between the deeper Gulf of Maine and the continental slope. The bank is a region of high biological productivity and supports several commercially valuable fish species such as cod and haddock. In order to obtain a better understanding of the interaction between the physical and biological processes that control the local ecodynamics, Georges Bank was selected as the first study site for the U.S. Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics Program (GLOBEC).

The talk will give an overview about the physical oceanography of Georges Bank and address topics such as the around-bank circulation, tidal mixing, frontal dynamics, wind-current interaction, and seasonal stratification. Emphasis will be placed on the southern flank of the bank, which represents the transition region from generally cooler, fresher shelf water to warmer, more saline slope water. Moored current, temperature and salinity data taken between February and August 1995 as part of GLOBEC will be presented.

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