Accession Number : ADA265606


Title :   Mediterranean Outflow Mixing Dynamics


Descriptive Note : Technical rept.


Corporate Author : WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MA


Personal Author(s) : Price, James F ; Baringer, Molly O ; Lueck, Rolf G ; Johnson, Gregory C ; Ambar, Isabel


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a265606.pdf


Report Date : Feb 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 7


Abstract : The Mediterranean Sea produces a salty, dense outflow that is strongly modified by entrainment as it first begins to descend the continental slope in the eastern Gulf of Cadiz. The current accelerates to 1.3 meters per second, which raises the internal Froude number above 1, and is intensely turbulent through its full thickness. The outflow loses about half of its density anomaly and roughly doubles its volume transport as it entrains less saline North Atlantic Central water. Within 1 00 kilometers downstream, the current is turned by the Coriolis force until it flows nearly parallel to topography in a damped geostrophic balance. The mixed Mediterranean outflow continues westward, slowly descending the continental slope until it becomes neutrally buoyant in the thermocline where it becomes an important water mass.


Descriptors :   *OCEAN CURRENTS , *CURRENT DENSITY , *CONTINENTAL SLOPES , ANOMALIES , REPRINTS , DENSITY , MIXING , MEDITERRANEAN SEA , THERMOCLINES , NORTH ATLANTIC CURRENT , FROUDE NUMBER , ENTRAINMENT , OCEANS , TRANSPORT , TOPOGRAPHY , THICKNESS , GULFS , WATER FLOW


Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE