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Climate 2015, 3(4), 833-857; doi:10.3390/cli3040833

Decadal Patterns of Westerly Winds, Temperatures, Ocean Gyre Circulations and Fish Abundance: A Review

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Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO), University of Rhode Island (URI), Narragansett, RI 02882, USA
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Your Ocean Consulting, LLC, 9924 Rainbow Dr., Knoxville, TN 37921, USA
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RPS ASA, 55 Village Square Drive, South Kingston, RI 02879, USA
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Narragansett Laboratory, 28 Tarzwell Drive, Narragansett, RI 02882, USA
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Received: 20 July 2015 / Revised: 10 September 2015 / Accepted: 15 September 2015 / Published: 20 October 2015
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Abstract

The purpose of this review is to describe the global scope of the multidecadal climate oscillations that go back at least, through several hundred years. Literature, historic data, satellite data and global circulation model output have been used to provide evidence for the zonal and meridional jet stream patterns. These patterns were predominantly zonal from the 1970s to 1990s and switched since the 1990s to a meridional wind phase, with weakening jet streams forming Rossby waves in the northern and southern hemispheres. A weakened northern jet stream has allowed northerly winds to flow down over the continents in the northern hemisphere during the winter period, causing some harsh winters and slowing anthropogenic climate warming regionally. Wind oscillations impact ocean gyre circulation affecting upwelling strength and pelagic fish abundance with synchronous behavior in sub Arctic gyres during phases of the oscillation and asynchronous behavior in subtropical gyres between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. View Full-Text
Keywords: decadal climate patterns; ocean gyre circulation; decadal fish abundance decadal climate patterns; ocean gyre circulation; decadal fish abundance
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Oviatt, C.; Smith, L.; McManus, M.C.; Hyde, K. Decadal Patterns of Westerly Winds, Temperatures, Ocean Gyre Circulations and Fish Abundance: A Review. Climate 2015, 3, 833-857.

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