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Sea Glider observations in the Coral Sea Ganachaud, L. Gourdeau; Collaboration : W. Kessler (NOAA), R. Davis (Scripps). Motivation: The SPICE ( S outhwest P ac I fic C irculation E xperiment) program. Objective: The thermocline water pathway and its bifurcation on the coast of Australia

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Motivation: TheSPICE (Southwest PacIfic Circulation Experiment) program

Objective: The thermocline water pathway and its bifurcation on the coast of Australia

Implication on El Nino modulation

Mean zonal velocity at 163°E, 3 jets are visible. The bifurcation (black line), tracked backward at 163°E, divides the NCJ (ORCA05 model)

the westward South Equatorial Current is broken into several zonal jets by the complex topography

NVJ

NCJ

to EAC

to NQC

SCJ


The SECALIS-3 cruise

and the glider experiment.

To sample the zonal Inflow between Salomon islands, Vanuatu and New Calédonia

Launch on July 17, 2005 at Guadalcanal

Recovery on 18 October, 2005 in New Caledonia

580 profiles of T and S from surface to 600 m depth



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