The main purpose of this work was to explore the possibility that the deep flow (~2000m) around the edges of the Gulf circulates in a cyclonic, or counter-clockwise direction. The existence of such flow was proposed on theoretical grounds but had not been previously documented. Our results are quite clear that such flow is reliably observed.
Original Publication Citation
Sturges, W., Chassignet, E., & Ezer, T. (2003). Strong mid-depth currents and a deep cyclonic gyre in the Gulf of Mexico: Final report (MMS Contract 01-99-CT-31027). 70pp. New Orleans, LA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region.
Sturges, Wilton; Chassignet, Eric; and Ezer, Tal, "Strong Mid-Depth Currents and a Deep Cyclonic Gyre in the Gulf of Mexico" (2003). CCPO Publications. 156.