Enhanced vertical propagation of storm-induced near-inertial energy in an eddying ocean channel model

Zhai, Xiaoming, Greatbatch, Richard J. and Zhao, J. (2005) Enhanced vertical propagation of storm-induced near-inertial energy in an eddying ocean channel model. Geophysical Research Letters, 32 (18). ISSN 0094-8276

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Abstract

The interaction between inertial oscillations generated by a storm and a mesoscale eddy field is studied using a Southern Ocean channel model. It is shown that the leakage of near-inertial energy out of the surface layer is strongly enhanced by the presence of the eddies, with the anticyclonic eddies acting as a conduit to the deep ocean. Given the ubiquity of the atmospheric storm tracks (a source of near-inertial energy for the ocean) and regions of strong ocean mesoscale variability, we argue that this effect could be important for understanding pathways by which near-inertial energy enters the ocean and is ultimately available for mixing.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2013 10:08
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 22:01
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/43789
DOI: 10.1029/2005GL023643

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