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Turbulent mixing in the eddy transport of Western Mediterranean Intermediate Water to the Alboran Sea

Turbulent mixing in the eddy transport of Western Mediterranean Intermediate Water to the Alboran Sea
Turbulent mixing in the eddy transport of Western Mediterranean Intermediate Water to the Alboran Sea
Western Mediterranean Intermediate Water (WIW) is formed in winter in the North-Western Mediterranean. WIW, identifiable as a distinct temperature minimum layer between Atlantic-Mediterranean Interface waters and the denser Levantine Intermediate Water, is carried down the east coast of Spain in anticyclonic mode water eddies, or “weddies” eventually reaching the Alboran sea. A previous detailed analysis of a weddy in the vicinity of the Almeria-Oran front indicated that it could have accounted for 10% of a winter's production of WIW, but this analysis was unable to consider turbulent dissipation. In this study we present microstructure measurements across a similar observation of WIW in the vicinity of the Almeria-Oran front and show that this figure could be conservative by 15–50% due to the turbulent dissipation associated with a weddy.
0148-0227
C09008
Forryan, A.
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Allen, J.T.
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Forryan, A., Allen, J.T., Edhouse, E., Silburn, B., Reeve, K. and Tesi, E. (2012) Turbulent mixing in the eddy transport of Western Mediterranean Intermediate Water to the Alboran Sea Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, (C9), C09008. (doi:10.1029/2012JC008284).

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Western Mediterranean Intermediate Water (WIW) is formed in winter in the North-Western Mediterranean. WIW, identifiable as a distinct temperature minimum layer between Atlantic-Mediterranean Interface waters and the denser Levantine Intermediate Water, is carried down the east coast of Spain in anticyclonic mode water eddies, or “weddies” eventually reaching the Alboran sea. A previous detailed analysis of a weddy in the vicinity of the Almeria-Oran front indicated that it could have accounted for 10% of a winter's production of WIW, but this analysis was unable to consider turbulent dissipation. In this study we present microstructure measurements across a similar observation of WIW in the vicinity of the Almeria-Oran front and show that this figure could be conservative by 15–50% due to the turbulent dissipation associated with a weddy.

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Published date: 2012
Additional Information: E. Edhouse listed as School of Civil Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton?
Organisations: Marine Biogeochemistry, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment

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Local EPrints ID: 344361
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/344361
ISSN: 0148-0227
PURE UUID: 9ae8cc1b-cc12-4159-8540-d633e709d7e8

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Date deposited: 19 Oct 2012 10:07
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:16

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Author: A. Forryan
Author: J.T. Allen
Author: E. Edhouse
Author: B. Silburn
Author: K. Reeve
Author: E. Tesi

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