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Age tracers in an ocean GCM

Abstract:

Observations of transient tracers such as tritium and helium-3 (3He) are frequently combined to construct "age-like" quantities generally interpreted to represent time elapsed since a fluid parcel was last at the surface. In a turbulent ("diffusive") environment such as the ocean, we must regard the fluid parcel as being composed of material fluid elements that have spent different lengths of time since their last contact with the surface. Hence, they are characterized by an age spectrum or d...

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Khatiwala, S More by this author
Visbeck, M More by this author
Schlosser, P More by this author
Journal:
Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers
Volume:
48
Issue:
6
Pages:
1423-1441
Publication date:
2001
DOI:
ISSN:
0967-0637
URN:
uuid:802d5a86-bdd4-4ac4-9559-90c880a8b0fc
Source identifiers:
385451
Local pid:
pubs:385451

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