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Estimating suppression of eddy mixing by mean flows


Klocker, A and Ferrari, R and LaCasce, JH, Estimating suppression of eddy mixing by mean flows, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 42 pp. 1566-1576. ISSN 0022-3670 (2012) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1175/JPO-D-11-0205.1


Particle- and tracer-based estimates of lateral diffusivities are used to estimate the suppression of eddy mixing across strong currents. Particles and tracers are advected using a velocity field derived from sea surface height measurements from the South Pacific, in a region west of Drake Passage. This velocity field has been used in a companion paper to show that both particle- and tracer-based estimates of eddy diffusivities are equivalent, despite recent claims to the contrary. These estimates of eddy diffusivities are here analyzed to show 1) that the degree of suppression of mixing across the strong Antarctic Circumpolar Current is correctly predicted by mixing length theory modified to include eddy propagation along the mean flow and 2) that the suppression can be inferred from particle trajectories by studying the structure of the autocorrelation function of the particle velocities beyond the first zero crossing. These results are then used to discuss how to compute lateral and vertical variations in eddy diffusivities using floats and drifters in the real ocean.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:suppression eddy mixing mean flow
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Physical oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Understanding climate change not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Klocker, A (Dr Andreas Klocker)
ID Code:91544
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:69
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2014-05-21
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