Variability of the Florida Current Offshore From Fort Pierce Florida as Revealed by Satellite Imagery
Abstract:The western boundary of the Florida Current is distinguished from the inshore waters by a sharp rise in sea surface temperature. Its movements were studied using satellite imagery for a period of fifty one days from January 21, 1998 to March 13, 1998. The Florida Current made five incursions inshore of its mean position during this period. This dynamic activity is ecologically important because the Florida Current represents a major source of nutrients for primary productivity in the region. The satellite data were compared to data from NOAA surface buoys to insure accuracy.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2000
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