Experimental evaluation of the characteristics of vertical mixing in an oceanic thermohalocline on the basis of fine-structure spectra of advection, salt fingers, and small-scale internal waves

Experimental evaluation of the characteristics of vertical mixing in an oceanic thermohalocline... We describe a differential approach to the spectral composition of thin thermohaline inhomogeneities in the ocean depending on the mechanisms responsible for their generation and demonstrate the possibilities of this approach in getting realistic hydrophysical results. The statistical classification of fine-structure fluctuations according to their origin is performed on the basis of the joint analysis of the temperature, salinity, and density spectra computed in a section of the vertical profile where the variation of mean gradients of all three parameters is insignificant. On the basis of the constructed mean spectrum of wave elevations, we estimate the dissipative characteristics of the convection of salt fingers and small-scale internal waves. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Physical Oceanography Springer Journals

Experimental evaluation of the characteristics of vertical mixing in an oceanic thermohalocline on the basis of fine-structure spectra of advection, salt fingers, and small-scale internal waves

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 1999 by VSP
Subject
Earth Sciences; Oceanography; Remote Sensing/Photogrammetry; Atmospheric Sciences; Climate Change; Environmental Physics
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0928-5105
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0928-5105
D.O.I.
10.1007/BF02512984
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Abstract

We describe a differential approach to the spectral composition of thin thermohaline inhomogeneities in the ocean depending on the mechanisms responsible for their generation and demonstrate the possibilities of this approach in getting realistic hydrophysical results. The statistical classification of fine-structure fluctuations according to their origin is performed on the basis of the joint analysis of the temperature, salinity, and density spectra computed in a section of the vertical profile where the variation of mean gradients of all three parameters is insignificant. On the basis of the constructed mean spectrum of wave elevations, we estimate the dissipative characteristics of the convection of salt fingers and small-scale internal waves.

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Physical OceanographySpringer Journals

Published: Sep 25, 2006

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