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Submesoscale dynamics in the open ocean

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The seasonal cycle of submesoscale flows in the upper ocean is investigated through a series of numerical simulations in an idealised model domain. Subme-soscale processes become stronger as the resolution is increased from 4 km to 0.5 km. There is a seasonal cycle in the magnitude of horizontal buoyancy gradients and horizontal wavenumber spectra consistent with stronger mixed layer insta-bilities developing as the mixed layer deepens and energising the submesoscale. Up to 30% of the mix...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Physics
Sub department:
Atmos Ocean & Planet Physics
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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
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University of Oxford
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English
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2016-01-05

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