Vertical kinetic energy and turbulent dissipation in the ocean Thurnherr, Andreas M. Kunze, Eric Toole, John M. St. Laurent, Louis C. Richards, Kelvin J. Ruiz-Angulo, Angel 2015-11-20T21:44:59Z 2015-11-20T21:44:59Z 2015-09-21
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dc.description.abstract Oceanic internal waves are closely linked to turbulence. Here a relationship between vertical wave number (kz) spectra of fine-scale vertical kinetic energy (VKE) and turbulent dissipation ε is presented using more than 250 joint profiles from five diverse dynamic regimes, spanning latitudes between the equator and 60°. In the majority of the spectra VKE varies as inline image. Scaling VKE with inline image collapses the off-equatorial spectra to within inline image but underestimates the equatorial spectrum. The simple empirical relationship between VKE and ε fits the data better than a common shear-and-strain fine-scale parameterization, which significantly underestimates ε in the two data sets that are least consistent with the Garrett-Munk (GM) model. The new relationship between fine-scale VKE and dissipation rate can be interpreted as an alternative, single-parameter scaling for turbulent dissipation in terms of fine-scale internal wave vertical velocity that requires no reference to the GM model spectrum. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Science Foundation Grant Numbers: OCE-0728766, OCE-0425361, OCE-0424953, OCE-1029722, OCE-0622630, OCE-1030309, OCE-1232962, and Office of Naval Research Grant Number: N00014-10-10315 en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Geophysical Research Letters 42 (2015): 7639–7647 en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1002/2015GL065043
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dc.publisher John Wiley & Sons en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International *
dc.subject Internal waves en_US
dc.subject Turbulence en_US
dc.subject Mixing en_US
dc.subject Vertical kinetic energy en_US
dc.subject Finestructure parameterization en_US
dc.title Vertical kinetic energy and turbulent dissipation in the ocean en_US
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