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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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Atmospheric, Oceanic & Planetary Physics

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NE/I019921/1
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DPhil
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Doctoral
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University of Oxford
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