Southeastern Gulf of Mexico Processes Affecting Basin-Wide Connectivity and Hydrocarbon Transport: the Role of Mesoscale Eddies and Upwelling Near Cuba
Norwegian Meteorological Institute
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program
The specific novel processes in the southeastern GoM that the proposed study will focus on are geographically linked to the core of the Loop Current (LC) "base" off northwestern Cuba: 1) The development and evolution of mesoscale anticyclonic eddies, named CubAN eddies (closed circulation cells within a retracted LC or advected eastward, along the northern coast of Cuba), 2) The influence of (a) cyclonic LC frontal eddies and (b) cold filaments induced by air-sea interaction (wind-driven upwelling) on CubAN evolution and the resulting implications on basin-wide LC variability. The overarching study objective is to answer the questions that have not been previously addressed.