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dc.contributor.authorJoyce, Terrence M.  Concept link
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-20T19:11:08Z
dc.date.available2018-02-20T19:11:08Z
dc.date.issued1980-11
dc.identifier.citationJoyce, T. M. (1980). On production and dissipation of thermal variance in the oceans. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. https://doi.org/10.1575/1912/9596
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1912/9596
dc.descriptionAlso published as: Journal of Physical Oceanography (1980) 10: 460-463en_US
dc.description.abstractAn integral relationship is derived expressing the total dissipation of thermal variance by oceanic microstructure in terms of the large-scale forcing at the ocean surface by air/sea heat exchange. The net heat gain by the ocean over warm water and heat loss over cold water is evaluated using zonal averages of annual oceanic heat fluxes and temperatures between 60°N and 60°S. If thermal dissipation occurs in the upper ocean, with a scale depth of 600 m, the average dissipation χ is estimated to be 10- 7 °C2 s- 1. This value compares favorably with published observations of oceanic microstructure dissipation. The prediction is independent of any dynamical model of turbulent cascade from large to small scales in the ocean.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipPrepared for the Office of Naval Research under Contract N00014-76-C-0197; NR 083-400.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherWoods Hole Oceanographic Institutionen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWHOI Technical Reportsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWHOI-80-57en_US
dc.subjectOcean-atmosphere interactionen_US
dc.titleOn production and dissipation of thermal variance in the oceansen_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1575/1912/9596


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