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Satellite measurement of ocean turbulence

Satellite measurement of ocean turbulence
Satellite measurement of ocean turbulence
Turbulence and mixing in the surface layer of the ocean is a significant element in the combined ocean-atmosphere system, and plays a considerable role in the transfer of heat, gas and momentum across the air-sea boundary. Furthermore, improving knowledge of the evolution of energy within the ocean system, both globally and locally, holds importance for improving our understanding of the dynamics of the ocean at large- and small-scales. As such, insight into turbulence and turbulent flows at the ocean surface is becoming increasingly important for its role in ocean-atmosphere exchange and, from a wider perspective, climate change.

A research project was initiated to understand the role that spacecraft remote-sensing may play in improving observation of “turbulence” (in a broad sense) in the ocean, and for identifying how steps towards such observation may be made. An initial, exploratory study identified the potential benefit of Synthetic Aperture Radar in “bridging the gap” between in-situ and remote observations of
George, Simon Gareth
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George, Simon Gareth
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George, Simon Gareth (2014) Satellite measurement of ocean turbulence. University of Southampton, Engineering and the Environment, Doctoral Thesis, 283pp.

Record type: Thesis (Doctoral)

Abstract

Turbulence and mixing in the surface layer of the ocean is a significant element in the combined ocean-atmosphere system, and plays a considerable role in the transfer of heat, gas and momentum across the air-sea boundary. Furthermore, improving knowledge of the evolution of energy within the ocean system, both globally and locally, holds importance for improving our understanding of the dynamics of the ocean at large- and small-scales. As such, insight into turbulence and turbulent flows at the ocean surface is becoming increasingly important for its role in ocean-atmosphere exchange and, from a wider perspective, climate change.

A research project was initiated to understand the role that spacecraft remote-sensing may play in improving observation of “turbulence” (in a broad sense) in the ocean, and for identifying how steps towards such observation may be made. An initial, exploratory study identified the potential benefit of Synthetic Aperture Radar in “bridging the gap” between in-situ and remote observations of

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Published date: June 2014
Organisations: University of Southampton, Computational Engineering & Design Group

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/366507
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Date deposited: 15 Oct 2014 12:13
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 02:11

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