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ChuanLi Jiang, Sarah T. Gille, Janet Sprintall, Kei Yoshimura, and Masao Kanamitsu

1. Introduction The Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) is the dominant zonally oriented flow of the Southern Ocean. It consists of multiple deep-reaching circumpolar jets, which are geostrophic and coincide with sharp frontal gradients in water properties. These narrow fronts separate the subantarctic water mass to the north from the colder Antarctic water to the south and are thought to be important for Subantarctic Mode Water formation and the meridional overturning circulation ( Nowlin et

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