Davidson Current

In oceanography, the Davidson Current is a coastal countercurrent of the Pacific Ocean running north along the western coast of the United States from Baja California, Mexico to northern California, ending at about latitude 48°N.[1][2]

Its flow is adjacent to the California Current, but it flows north rather than south and hugs the coastline. The current is active year-round at 650 feet (200 meters) below sea level, but surfaces during the winter months, generally from mid-November through mid-February.[1] In these months, northerly winds weaken and are replaced to some extent by southeasterly winds.[3][4]


  1. 1 2 Final Environmental Statement: OCL Sale No. 48 : Proposed 1979 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale Offshore Southern California. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management. 1979. p. 77.
  2. "Davidson Current". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2016-05-07.
  3. C. Reid Nichols; Robert G. Williams (1 January 2009). Encyclopedia of Marine Science. Infobase Publishing. p. 90. ISBN 978-1-4381-1881-9.
  4. Murray D. Dailey; Donald J. Reish; Jack W. Anderson (1993). Ecology of the Southern California Bight: A Synthesis and Interpretation. University of California Press. p. 789. ISBN 978-0-520-07578-8.

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