EDDIES IN THE OYASHIO CURRENT
G. K. Vallis
The photograph from NASA shows eddies in the Oyashio
Current, off the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Bering Sea, in March, 1992.
The current, part of the the western boundary current of
the North Pacific subpolar gyre, is baroclinically unstable and sea-ice
provides flow visualization. Snow cover (white) covers the thicker ice
flows just to the right of the centre of the image.
Geoffrey K. Vallis, Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics: Fundamentals
and Large-Scale Circulation. Cambridge University Press, 745 pp. 2006.