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Trench Aleutian anticyclonic eddies: generation and evolution

Sofia Khudyakova and Tatyana Belonenko
Sofia Khudyakova and Tatyana Belonenko
  • Saint-Petersburg State University, Institute of Earth Sciences, Department of Oceanology, Russian Federation (

Aleutian eddies are mesoscale anticyclonic eddies formed within the Alaskan Stream over the
Aleutian trench in the area of 50-52 ° N, 170-175 ° E. It is found that canyons along the shelf
fault appear to be more prone to eddy activity than regions without canyons. Aleutian eddies
propagate southwestward after the separation from the Alaskan Stream and pass through the
Western Subarctic Gyre, carrying the transformed waters of the Gulf of Alaska to the western
part of the Pacific Subarctic. Fishermen and oceanographers are well aware of the role of
some anticyclonic eddies near the trenches in the formation of places favorable for fishing.
They are formed by the mixing of the waters of the Alaskan Stream and the waters of the
Subarctic Current. The appearance of Aleutian eddies is accompanied by a deepening of
isopycnic surfaces and an increase in temperature and concentration of dissolved oxygen in
the layer of 150– 400 m.
Based on the GLORYS12V1 data, the thermohaline structure of individual eddies and their
dynamic properties are analyzed. The GLORYS12V1 product is a global reanalysis covering
altimetry data since 1993. It is based on the existing real-time CMEMS (Copernicus Marine
Environment Monitoring Service) global forecasting system. The component of this model is
the NEMO platform controlled on the surface by ECMWF ERA-Interim. The observations
are then assimilated using a reduced-order Kalman filter. The work uses daily data for 2019
"GLOBAL_REANALYSIS_PHY_001_030" displayed on a standard regular grid in 1/12°
increments (approximately 8 km) and on 50 standard levels.

How to cite: Khudyakova, S. and Belonenko, T.: Trench Aleutian anticyclonic eddies: generation and evolution, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-12532,, 2022.


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