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Atmospheric Administration
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FY 1969

Transport of the Alaskan Stream

Reed, R.K.

Nature, 220(5168), 681–682, doi: 10.1038/220681a0 (1968)

The Alaskan Stream, a westward flow along the south side of the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands, has been known to exist for decades, but its westward extent, true speeds and other details were not generally recognized until much later. Based on observations made in the summer of 1959, Favorite described the system and concluded that the Alaskan Stream is a narrow, western boundary current with peak surface speeds exceeding 50 cm/s. An analysis of data obtained by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in January 1966 and by the Pacific Oceanographic Research Laboratory in September 1966 and 1967 shows that appreciable changes occur in volume transport and width of the Stream.

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