Wind ringing of the ocean in presence of mesoscale eddies

Type Article
Date 2004-08
Language English
Author(s) Klein Patrice, Lapeyre Guillaume, Large Wg
Affiliation(s) IFREMER, Lab Phys Oceans, Plouzane, France.
NCAR, Climate & Global Dynam Div, Boulder, CO USA.
Source Geophysical Research Letters (0094-8276) (Amer Geophysical Union), 2004-08 , Vol. 31 , N. 15 , P. 1-4
DOI 10.1029/2004GL020274
WOS© Times Cited 35
Abstract Recent findings have highlighted the impact of high frequency (HF) winds on the inertial motions and the consequences on the large-scale oceanic circulation [Wunsch and Ferrari, 2004]. Within this context the present study focuses on the role of intermediate scales related to oceanic mesoscale eddies. Results show that a turbulent eddy field does not affect the impact of HF winds on the inertial motions. However the eddies efficiently and permanently concentrate the wind-forced inertial motions in small-scale anticyclonic structures. This leads to a spatially heterogeneous vertical mixing strongly related to the eddy field properties.
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