Global Perspectives on Observing Ocean Boundary Current Systems

TitleGlobal Perspectives on Observing Ocean Boundary Current Systems
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsTodd, RE, Chavez, FP, Clayton, S, Cravatte, S, Goes, M, Graco, M, Lin, X, Sprintall, J, Zilberman, NV, Archer, M, Arístegui, J, Balmaseda, M, Bane, JM, Baringer, MO, Barth, JA, Beal, LM, Brandt, P, Calil, PHR, Campos, E, Centurioni, LR, Chidichimo, MPaz, Cirano, M, Cronin, MF, Curchitser, EN, Davis, RE, Dengler, M, deYoung, B, Dong, S, Escribano, R, Fassbender, AJ, Fawcett, SE, Feng, M, Goni, GJ, Gray, AR, Gutiérrez, D, Hebert, D, Hummels, R, Ito, S-ichi, Krug, M, Lacan, F, Laurindo, L, Lazar, A, Lee, CM, Lengaigne, M, Levine, NM, Middleton, J, Montes, I, Muglia, M, Nagai, T, Palevsky, HI, Palter, JB, Phillips, HE, Piola, A, Plueddemann, AJ, Qiu, B, Rodrigues, RR, Roughan, M, Rudnick, DL, Rykaczewski, RR, Saraceno, M, Seim, H, Gupta, ASen, Shannon, L, Sloyan, BM, Sutton, AJ, Thompson, LA, van der Plas, AK, Volkov, D, Wilkin, J, Zhang, D, Zhang, L
JournalFrontiers in Marine Science
Type of ArticleJournal Article
Keywordsautonomous underwater gliders, drifters, eastern boundary current systems, moorings, ocean observing systems, remote sensing, time series, western boundary current systems

Ocean boundary current systems are key components of the climate system, are home to highly productive ecosystems, and have numerous societal impacts. Establishment of a global network of boundary current observing systems is a critical part of ongoing development of the Global Ocean Observing System. The characteristics of boundary current systems are reviewed, focusing on scientific and societal motivations for sustained observing. Techniques currently used to observe boundary current systems are reviewed, followed by a census of the current state of boundary current observing systems globally. The next steps in the development of boundary current observing systems are considered, leading to several specific recommendations.


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