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dc.contributor.authorChen, Ru  Concept link
dc.date.accessioned2013-03-01T18:02:08Z
dc.date.available2013-03-01T18:02:08Z
dc.date.issued2013-02
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1912/5793
dc.descriptionSubmitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution February 2013en_US
dc.description.abstractStudying oceanic eddies is important for understanding and predicting ocean circulation and climate variability. The central focus of this dissertation is the energy exchange between eddies and mean flow and banded structures in the low-frequency component of the eddy field. A combination of a realistic eddy-permitting ocean state estimate and simplified theoretical models is used to address the following specific questions. (1) What are the major spatial characteristics of eddy-mean flow interaction from an energy perspective? Is eddy-mean flow interaction a local process in most ocean regions? (2) The banded structures in the low-frequency eddy field are termed striations. How much oceanic variability is associated with striations? How does the time-mean circulation, for example a subtropical gyre or constant mean flow, influence the origin and characteristics of striations? How much do striations contribute to the energy budget and tracer mixing?en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration contracts NNX09AI87G and NNX08AR33G.en_US
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dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institutionen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWHOI Thesesen_US
dc.subjectEddiesen_US
dc.subjectOcean circulationen_US
dc.titleEnergy pathways and structures of oceanic eddies from the ECCO2 state estimate and simplified modelsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1575/1912/5793


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