Sverdrup is a common unit of measurement for ocean currents in oceanography. Named after the Norwegian oceanographer Harald Ulrik Sverdrup, this represents the volume of water transported per time:

Typical values ​​for ocean currents are:

The abbreviation Sv also stands for the unity of the radioactive dose equivalent sievert. However, the Sverdrup does not belong in contrast to Sievert to the International System of Units. The risk of confusion between the two units is low, since they occur in completely different contexts.

  • Unit of measurement
  • Oceanography