Inferring the eddy-induced diffusivity for heat in the surface mixed layer using satellite data

Zhai, Xiaoming and Greatbatch, Richard J. (2006) Inferring the eddy-induced diffusivity for heat in the surface mixed layer using satellite data. Geophysical Research Letters, 33 (24). ISSN 0094-8276

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Abstract

The eddy-induced diffusivity for heat at the surface of the western North Atlantic Ocean is estimated using satellite altimetry and sea surface temperature data. A rotational eddy flux is removed from the total eddy flux following the ideas of Marshall and Shutts (1981). The resulting eddy-induced diffusivity shows considerable spatial variability with a value near 104 m2 s-1 just to the south of the Gulf Stream and values in the range 1–2 × 103 m2 s-1 within the Gulf Stream itself.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: eddy-induced diffusivity,surface mixed layer,satellite data
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2013 21:26
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 22:02
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/43791
DOI: 10.1029/2006GL027875

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