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dc.contributor.authorThurnherr, Andreas M.  Concept link
dc.contributor.authorKunze, Eric  Concept link
dc.contributor.authorToole, John M.  Concept link
dc.contributor.authorSt. Laurent, Louis C.  Concept link
dc.contributor.authorRichards, Kelvin J.  Concept link
dc.contributor.authorRuiz-Angulo, Angel  Concept link
dc.identifier.citationGeophysical Research Letters 42 (2015): 7639–7647en_US
dc.description© The Author(s), 2015. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. The definitive version was published in Geophysical Research Letters 42 (2015): 7639–7647, doi:10.1002/2015GL065043.en_US
dc.description.abstractOceanic 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.sponsorshipNational 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: N00014-10-10315en_US
dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sonsen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.subjectInternal wavesen_US
dc.subjectVertical kinetic energyen_US
dc.subjectFinestructure parameterizationen_US
dc.titleVertical kinetic energy and turbulent dissipation in the oceanen_US

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