Bering slope current

From Glossary of Meteorology



Bering Slope Current

The eastern part of the subpolar gyre in the deep (western) part of the Bering Sea.

Currents in this gyre are weak (0.1–0.2 m s-1) but reach to the ocean floor and are associated with eddy formation at oceanic ridges. A southward countercurrent with maximum speeds of 0.25 m s-1 near a depth of 150 m exists between the shelf and the northward-flowing Bering Slope Current, indicating its character as the eastern boundary current of a subpolar gyre.