Ocean Circulation and Currents

OSD is leading and/or collaborating in observational and numerical modeling studies aimed at describing, understanding and predicting ocean currents and circulation, with focus on the NW Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. The studies are investigating currents on spatial scales ranging from these ocean basins, to topographic features of the continental shelf and slope (described here), to nearshore embayments (see Coastal Zone).

The results of these studies are being used to address issues ranging from climate change, oil and gas development, ecosystem productivity, search–and–rescue operations, and sensitive marine habitat. In many cases, the studies are carried out in collaboration with or with funding from other organizations.

Data from these currents studies are generally available from BIO's Ocean Data Inventory (ODI).

Some of the primary sub-topics being studied are: