Dissipation Rate Estimates from Microstructure and Finescale Internal Wave Observations along the A25 Greenland–Portugal OVIDE Line

Type Publication
Date 2014-11
Language English
Copyright 2014 American Meteorological Society
Author(s) Ferron Bruno1, Kokoszka Florian1, Mercier HerleORCID1, Lherminier PascaleORCID2
Affiliation(s) 1 : CNRS, Ctr Brest, Lab Phys Oceans, UBO,CNRS,IRD, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
2 : Ifremer, France
Source Journal Of Atmospheric And Oceanic Technology (0739-0572) (Amer Meteorological Soc), 2014-11 , Vol. 31 , N. 11 , P. 2530-2543
DOI 10.1175/JTECH-D-14-00036.1
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Abstract A total of 96 finestructure and 30 microstructure full-depth vertical profiles were collected along the A25 Greenland–Portugal Observatoire de la Variabilité Interannuelle et Décennale en Atlantique Nord (OVIDE) hydrographic line in 2008. The microstructure of the horizontal velocity was used to calculate turbulent kinetic energy dissipation rates εvmp, where vmp refers to the vertical microstructure profiler. The lowest dissipation values (εvmp < 0.5 × 10−10 W kg−1) are found below 2000 m in the Iberian Abyssal Plain and in the center of the Irminger basin; the largest values (>5 × 10−10 W kg−1) are found in the main thermocline, around the Reykjanes Ridge, and in a 1000-m-thick layer above the bottom near 48°N. The finestructure of density was used to estimate isopycnal strain and that of the lowered acoustic Doppler current profiler to estimate the vertical shear of horizontal velocities. Strain and shear were used to estimate dissipation rates εG03 (Gregg et al.) associated with the internal wave field. The shear-to-strain ratio correction term of the finescale parameterization εG03 brings the fine- and microscale estimates of the dissipation rate into better agreement as Polzin et al. found. The latitude/buoyancy frequency term slightly improves the parameterization for weakly stratified waters. Correction term εG03 is consistent with εvmp within a factor of 4.5 over 95% of the profiles. This good consistency suggests that most of the turbulent activity recorded in this dataset is due to the internal wave field. The canonical globally averaged diffusivity value of order 10−4 m2 s−1 needed to maintain the global abyssal stratification (Munk) is only reached on the flank of the Reykjanes Ridge and in the region around 48°N.
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Ferron Bruno, Kokoszka Florian, Mercier Herle, Lherminier Pascale (2014). Dissipation Rate Estimates from Microstructure and Finescale Internal Wave Observations along the A25 Greenland–Portugal OVIDE Line. Journal Of Atmospheric And Oceanic Technology, 31(11), 2530-2543. Publisher's official version : http://doi.org/10.1175/JTECH-D-14-00036.1 , Open Access version : http://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00240/35130/