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Florida Straits, South Florida and Keys Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model (FKeyS-HYCOM)

Tortugas Eddy


Larger mesoscale cyclonic eddies, known as Tortugas Eddies, typically form near the Dry Tortugas. When impacted by a Loop Current frontal eddy, the Tortugas Eddy translates eastward into the zonal region of the Straits of Florida.

 

Tortugas Eddy

Tortugas Eddy

DESCRIPTION:

The top panels show that subsurface structure of the Tortugas Eddy as defined as defined by the depth of the 25.0 sigma-t surface. The bottom panels show the Tortugas Eddy simulated in the FKEYS-HYCOM, the left one captured by Sea Surface height and the right one captured by Okubo-Weiss parameter, which takes into account deformation and vorticity and is very useful in identifying coherent vortices and rotating structures.


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Villy Kourafalou — vkourafalou@rsmas.miami.edu
HeeSook Kang — hkang@rsmas.miami.edu


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