Oceanic thermohaline intrusions: observations

Ruddick, B. and Richards, K. (2003) Oceanic thermohaline intrusions: observations. Progress in Oceanography, 56, (3-4), 499-527. (doi:10.1016/S0079-6611(03)00028-4).


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Intrusions are commonly observed in the upper, deep and coastal oceans, and are closely linked to lateral fluxes of heat, salt and momentum. This is a review of observations of intrusions and the results of comparisons of properties such as scale, slopes, microstructure activity, and fluxes with theoretical models. A summary of estimates of lateral heat fluxes indicates a wide range of lateral diffusivities. We conclude by noting that our present knowledge is insufficient to predict the structure, length-scales and lateral fluxes of thermohaline intrusions with confidence, and list a number of unresolved questions. Suggestions are made for compilation of existing data into a database for exploratory analysis and testing of theoretical hypotheses. An outline is given of a potential collaborative field experiment using CTD, fluorescent dye, and microstructure observations.

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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Ocean & Earth Science (SOC/SOES)
ePrint ID: 2131
Date Deposited: 12 May 2004
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2015 02:11
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/2131

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