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Solomon Sea publications by the PMEL group:

Kessler, W.S., H.G. Hristova and R.E. Davis, 2019: Equatorward western boundary transport from the South Pacific: Glider observations, dynamics and consequences. Progress in Oceanography, 175, 208–225, DOI:

Ganachaud, A., S. Cravatte, J. Sprintall, C. Germineaud, M. Alberty, C. Jeandel, G. Eldin, N. Metzl, S. Bonnet, M. Benavides, L.-E. Heimburger, J. Lefèvre, S. Michael, J. Resing, F. Quéroué, G. Sarthou, M. Rodier, H. Berthelot, F. Baurand, J. Grelet, T. Hasegawa, W.S. Kessler, M. Kilepak, F. Lacan, E. Privat, U. Send, P. Van Beek, M. Souhaut, and J.E. Sonke, 2017: The Solomon Sea: Its circulation, chemistry, geochemistry and biology explored during two oceanographic cruises. Elementa, 5, 33, DOI:

Gourdeau, L., J. Verron, A. Chaigneau, S. Cravatte, and W.S. Kessler, 2017: Complementary use of glider data, altimetry, and model for exploring mesoscale eddies in the tropical Pacific Solomon Sea. J. Geophys. Res., 122(11), 9209–9229, DOI:

Srinivasan, K., J. C. McWilliams, L. Renault, H. G. Hristova, J. Molemaker and W. S. Kessler, 2017: Topographic and mixed-layer submesoscale currents in the near-surface southwestern tropical Pacific. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 47(6), 1221–1242, DOI:

Ganachaud and Co-authors, 2014: Ocean circulation of the Southwest Pacific: new insights from the Southwest Pacific Ocean and Climate Experiment (SPICE). J. Geophys. Res., 119(11), 7660–7686, DOI:

Hu, D., L. Wu, W. Cai, A. Sen Gupta, B. Qiu, A. Gordon, X. Lin, Z. Chen, S. Hu, G. Wang, T. Qu, and W.S. Kessler, 2014: Pacific western boundary currents and their roles in climate. Nature Geosci., 522, 299-308, DOI:

Hristova, H.G., W.S. Kessler, J.C. McWilliams, and M.J. Molemaker, 2014: Mesoscale variability and its seasonality in the Solomon and Coral Seas. J. Geophys. Res., 119(7), 4669-4687, DOI:

Gourdeau, L., J. Verron, A. Melet, W.S. Kessler, F. Marin, and B. Djath, 2014: Exploring the mesoscale activity in the Solomon Sea: A complementary approach with a numerical model and altimetric data. J. Geophys. Res., 119(4), DOI:, 2290–2311

Kessler, W.S. and S. Cravatte, 2013: Mean circulation of the Coral Sea. J. Geophys. Res.-Oceans, 118, 1-26, DOI:

Kessler, W.S. and S. Cravatte, 2013: ENSO and short-term variability of the South Equatorial Current entering the Coral Sea. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 43, 956-969, DOI:

Davis, R.E., W.S. Kessler, J.T. Sherman, 2012: Gliders measure western boundary current transport from the South Pacific to the equator. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 42, 2001–2013. DOI:

Hristova, H. G., and W.S. Kessler, 2012: Surface Circulation in the Solomon Sea Derived from Lagrangian Drifter Observations. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 42(3), 448–458. DOI:

Cravatte, S., A. Ganachaud, Q.-P. Duong, W.S. Kessler, G. Eldin, and P. Dutrieux, 2011: Observed circulation in the Solomon Sea from SADCP data. Prog. Oceanogr., 88(1-4), 116-130. DOI:

Melet, A., L. Gourdeau, W.S. Kessler, J. Verron, and J.-M. Molines, 2010: Thermocline circulation in the Solomon Sea: A modeling study. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 40(6), 1302-1319, DOI:

Qiu, B., S. Chen, and W.S. Kessler, 2009: Source of the 70-day mesoscale eddy variability in the Coral Sea and the North Fiji Basin. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 39, 404-420, DOI:

Gourdeau, L., W.S. Kessler, R.E. Davis, J. Sherman, C. Maes and E. Kestenare, 2008: Zonal jets entering the Coral Sea. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 38(3), 715-725, DOI:

Kessler, W.S. and L. Gourdeau, 2007: The annual cycle of circulation of the southwest subtropical Pacific, analyzed in an ocean GCM. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 37(6), 1610-1627, DOI:

Kessler, W.S. and L. Gourdeau, 2006: Wind-driven zonal jets in the South Pacific Ocean. Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L03608, DOI:

Sherman, J., R. E. Davis, W. B. Owens and J. Valdes, 2001: The autonomous underwater glider "Spray". IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, 26(4), 437–446. DOI:

Kessler, W.S., 1999: Interannual variability in the subsurface high-salinity tongue south of the equator at 165°E. J.Phys.Oceanogr., 29, 2038-2049, DOI:<2038:IVOTSH>2.0.CO;2