Some Aspects of Turbulence Role in Oceanic Currents

  • A. Ruiz AnguloEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


This manuscript is intended to review some of the methods used to estimate one of the most useful parameters in Ocean Modeling: the diapycnal diffusivity. Specifically it focus on simultaneous measurements carried out at two different locations in the deep ocean. The techniques reviewed here to estimate diapycnal mixing in the ocean interior are: tracer-release experiments, microstructure direct measurements and fine-structure estimates based on LADCP\(/\)CTD data. There are only few data sets in the world that have simultaneous measurements of the three techniques mentioned above. The importance of the lack of spatial and temporal estimates of the turbulent mixing parameters and the implication of those parameters on modeling the Global Circulation are also reviewed.


Drake Passage Submarine Canyon Water Parcel Ocean Interior Rough Topography 
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The author would like to thank Dr. Abraham Medina Ovando for the invitation to the Enzo Levi Symposium, also A.M. Thurnherr for great and fruitful discussions and sharing a lot of his knowledge on LADCP/CTD. The author would like to thank as well L. St Laurent and J. Toole for fruitful conversations during the cruises and outside. Special thanks go to the PIs Lauren Mullineaux and Jim Ledwell for their invitations to collaborate on LADDER and DIMES projects. Funding for the LADDER project and the microstructure add-on was provided by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-0728766, OCE-0425361 and OCE-0424953. DIMES project was supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation and by the Natural Environment Research Council of the United Kingdom.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro de Ciencias de la AtmósferaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexico cityMéxico

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