- The eddy-induced diffusivity for heat at the surface of the western North Atlantic Ocean is estimated using satellite altimetry and sea surface temperature data. A rotational eddy flux is removed from the total eddy flux following the ideas of Marshall and Shutts (1981). The resulting eddy-induced diffusivity shows considerable spatial variability with a value near 104 m2 s-1 just to the south of the Gulf Stream and values in the range 1-2 × 103 m2 s-1 within the Gulf Stream itself. Copyright 2006 by the American Geophysical Union.
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Inferring the eddy-induced diffusivity for heat in the surface mixed layer using satellite data
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