Joint Seminar: Eddy density fluxes near the DWBC in the 1/10° STORM simulation

 Using a 0.1 degree ocean model, this paper establishes a consistent picture of the interaction of mesoscale eddy density fluxes with the geostrophic deep western boundary current (DWBC) in the Atlantic between 26N and 20S. Above the DWBC core (the level of maximum southward flow, ;2000-m depth), the eddies flatten isopycnals and hence decrease the potential energy of the mean flow, which agrees with their interpretation and parameterization in the Gent–McWilliams framework. Below the core, even though the eddy fluxes have a weaker magnitude, they systematically steepen isopycnals and thus feed potential energy to the mean flow, which contradicts common expectations. These two vertically separated eddy regimes are found through an analysis of the eddy density flux divergence in stream-following coordinates. In addition, pathways of potential energy in terms of the Lorenz energy cycle reveal this regime shift. The twofold eddy effect on density is balanced by an overturning in the plane normal to the DWBC. Its direction is clockwise (with upwelling close to the shore and downwelling further offshore) north of the equator. In agreement with the sign change in the Coriolis parameter, the overturning changes direction to anticlockwise south of the equator. Within the domain covered in this study, except in a narrow band around the equator, this scenario is robust along the DWBC.

Date

05.11.2019

Time

15:15 h

Place

Bundesstr. 53, room 022/023
Seminar Room 022/023, Ground Floor, Bundesstrasse 53, 20146 Hamburg, Hamburg

Speaker

Veit Lueschow, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

Chair

Dian Putrasahan

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