Global Perspectives on Observing Ocean Boundary Current Systems

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2019
Date published: 08/2019
Authors: Robert Todd, Francisco Chavez, Sophie Clayton, Sophie Cravatte, Marlos Goes, Michelle Graco, Xiaopei Lin, Janet Sprintall, Nathalie Zilberman, Matthew Archer, Javier Arístegui, Magdalena Balmaseda, John Bane, Molly Baringer, John Barth, Lisa Beal, Peter Brandt, Paulo Calil, Edmo Campos, Luca Centurioni, Maria Chidichimo, Mauro Cirano, Meghan Cronin, Enrique Curchitser, Russ Davis, Marcus Dengler, Brad deYoung, Shenfu Dong, Ruben Escribano, Andrea Fassbender, Sarah Fawcett, Ming Feng, Gustavo Goni, Alison Gray, Dimitri Gutiérrez, Dave Hebert, Rebecca Hummels, Shin-ichi Ito, Marjorlaine Krug, François Lacan, Lucas Laurindo, Alban Lazar, Craig Lee, Matthieu Lengaigne, Naomi Levine, John Middleton, Ivonne Montes, Mike Muglia, Takeyoshi Nagai, Hilary Palevsky, Jaime Palter, Helen Phillips, Alberto Piola, Albert Plueddemann, Bo Qiu, Regina Rodrigues, Moninya Roughan, Daniel Rudnick, Ryan Rykaczewski, Martín Saraceno, Harvey Seim, Alex Gupta, Lynne Shannon, Bernadette Sloyan, Adrienne Sutton, LuAnne Thompson, Anja van der Plas, Denis Volkov, John Wilkin, Dongxiao Zhang, Linlin Zhang
Journal title: Frontiers in Marine Science
Volume: 6

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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