East Australian Current


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East Australian Current

 

a warm current of the Pacific Ocean on the eastern shore of Australia, a branch of the South Trade Winds current. It is directed from north to south, turning eastward near the island of Tasmania. Its speed reaches 2 km/hr. The water temperature in February ranges from 26° C in the north to 17° C in the south, and in July from 22° C to 12° C. Its salinity is around 35.5 parts per thousand.

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However, our tidal streams such as the East Australian Current are relatively simple compared to the complex streams commonly found around England.
Large ocean circulation patterns are also likely to be affected, with the East Australian Current most at risk.
(viii) East Australian Current: Apart from the obvious advantages in capturing a three to five knot current moving south with you (the sailor's 'magic carpet ride'), whenever the situation arises where the surface wind opposes the current, a very nasty seaway can be created.
CSIRO studies of the East Australian Current began in 1950.
What drives the eddies of the East Australian current? How do currents crossing the continental shelf influence water quality close to the coast?
(viii) East Australian Current: Apart from, the obvious advantages in capturing a three to five knot current moving south with you (the sailor's 'magic carpet ride'), whenever the situation arises where the surface wind opposes the current, a very nasty seaway can be created.
On top of that, the course of the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race tends to keep the fleet in close to the coast--with navigators trying to keep inshore of the south flowing East Australian current. This usually makes the race highly tactical.
She experienced typical seaway generated by the east Australian current flowing south at around three knots against the south-westerly air flow.
* The East Australian Current (EAC) is generally felt by yachts racing north at this time.

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