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On the Loss of Wind-Induced Near-Inertial Energy to Turbulent Mixing in the Upper Ocean

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Wind-induced near-inertial energy has been believed to be an important source for generating the ocean mixing required to maintain the global meridional overturning circulation. In the present study, the near-inertial energy budget in a 1/2° realistic model of the North Atlantic Ocean driven by synoptically varying wind forcing is examined. The authors find that nearly 70% of the wind-induced near-inertial energy at the sea surface is lost to turbulent mixing within the top 200 m and, hence, ...

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10.1175/2009JPO4259.1

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Atmos Ocean and Planet Physics
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Journal:
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY
Volume:
39
Issue:
11
Pages:
3040-3045
Publication date:
2009-11-05
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EISSN:
1520-0485
ISSN:
0022-3670
URN:
uuid:2fc37b86-96c1-474d-bc2e-02a6bc68e182
Source identifiers:
161428
Local pid:
pubs:161428

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