Journal of Oceanography, Vol. 50 (No. 6), pp. 653-662, 1994
P. J. Stabeno, R. K. Reed and J. E. Overland
Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115-0070, U.S.A.
(Received 11 April 1994; in revised form 17 June 1994; accepted 23 June 1994)
Abstract: From 1988 to 1993, 23 satellite-tracked drifting buoys entered the Kamchatka Current. The buoy trajectories showed a well-formed, high-speed current that originated near Shirshov Ridge, and flowed southward through Kamchatka Strait. During some years, the buoys turned eastward at ~50°N, while in other years they were transported as far south as Japan (40°N). Only one buoy entered the Sea of Okhotsk. Eddies were evident in many of the buoy trajectories. Greatest maximum daily velocities (>100 cm s-1) were observed south of Kamchatka Strait, with 50-60 cm s-1 being more common.