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7.1: Effect of atmospheric circulation on water & coriolis effect

As winds blow across the Earth's surface, they interact with the surface of the ocean. This process occurs in predictable patterns, because of known/average locations of high and low pressure systems in the atmosphere.

 

As wind interacts with the surface of the ocean, the ocean is also influenced by the Coriolis Effect. Each layer of water responds by moving slightly at an angle to the wind (in the northern hemisphere, to the right; in the southern hemisphere to the left).