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Alain Colin de Verdière and Michel Ollitrault

) relation, which relates the meridional barotropic transport to the curl of the wind stress, which has become the building block of theories to predict the vertical structure of the circulation ( Pedlosky 1996 ). World Ocean circulations based on this idea have been calculated by Godfrey (1989) and more recently by Risien and Chelton (2008) using QuikSCAT scatterometer data. However, both idealized numerical experiments ( Holland 1972 ; Hughes and de Cuevas 2001 ) and reconstructions of the North

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W. K. Dewar, J. C. McWilliams, and M. J. Molemaker

instability in the near-surface Monterey Bay is an important, and perhaps dominant, contributor to the regional mixing climatology. The area around Monterey Bay is typical of the broader eastern North Pacific continental slope, and the CUC is found from the Baja Peninsula to the southern border of Alaska. This prompts the speculation that comparable mixing is found broadly along the North American west coast. We also note comparable poleward currents and topography are found off western South America

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