Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 21 Issue 02

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Volume 21, No. 2
Pages 62 - 65

A Child's View of Circulation in Prince William Sound, Alaska?

Stephen Okkonen | Institute of Marine Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK, USA
Claude Bélanger | Prince William Sound Science Center, Cordova, AK, USA, and is currently at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique—Eau, Terre et Environment, Québec, Canada

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An oceanographic field exercise was conducted in central Prince William Sound, Alaska, in mid summer 2004 to evaluate the capability of the Prince William Sound Observing System to forecast the trajectories of surface drifting buoys (Cox, 2004). Interestingly, some drifters traced out quasi-polygonal trajectories (Figure 1) that brought to mind shapes created with a Spirograph.


Okkonen, S., and C. Bélanger. 2008. A child’s view of circulation in Prince William Sound, Alaska? Oceanography 21(2):62–65, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.54.