Gyre interactions and methods with which they might be studied during the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) was the topic of a meeting held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., on April 7–9, 1986. This was one of five topical meetings held in 1986 under the auspices of the U.S. Science Steering Committe for WOCE.
The concept of oceanic gyres forms the basis for knowledge of the large-scale circulation. Although a general consensus was reached that tracers such as salinity, oxygen, heat, and potential vorticity are homogenized in both wind-driven surface gyres and abyssal gyres, there was no agreement on the underlying mechanisms. It was felt that a field experiment should be performed during WOCE to examine this and other gyre-related issues.