Izvestiya, Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics

, Volume 54, Issue 6, pp 621–625 | Cite as

Spatial Structure of the Antarctic Water Flow in the Vema Fracture Zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

  • D. I. FreyEmail author
  • E. G. Morozov
  • V. V. Fomin
  • N. A. Diansky


We study the Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW) flow in the Vema Fracture Zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge using the high-resolution Institute of Numerical Mathematics Ocean Model (INMOM) and data from field measurements. The key feature of this numerical modeling is high horizontal and vertical resolution in the bottom layer for the simulation of the flow in the narrow deepwater fracture, as well as the use of high-quality topography based on multibeam echo sounder measurements. Direct CTD and LADCP measurements performed onboard the R/V Akademik Sergey Vavilov in 2006 and 2014–2016 were used to verify the model. In this work, we analyze both the thermohaline structure of the bottom layer in the Vema Fracture Zone and kinematics of the flow over its entire length.


numerical simulation bottom currents Antarctic Bottom Water Vema Fracture Zone CTD and LADCP measurements 



The work of E.G. Morozov (oceanic measurements) was performed within the state task of the Federal Agency of Scientific Organizations of Russia (theme no. 0149-2014-0008) and supported in part by expedition grant of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research 17-08-00085. The work of D.I. Frey (modeling) was supported by the Russian Science Foundation (grant no. 14-50-00095). The investigations of N.A. Diansky and V.V. Fomin were supported by the Russian Science Foundation (grant no. 17-17-01295).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. I. Frey
    • 1
    Email author
  • E. G. Morozov
    • 1
  • V. V. Fomin
    • 2
  • N. A. Diansky
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Zubov State Oceanographic InstituteMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Institute of Numerical Mathematics, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  4. 4.Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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