Multiscale Study of Currents Affected by Topography
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego La Jolla United States
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Understanding the roles of topography on the ocean general circulation is challenging because of the multiscale nature of the flow interactions. Small-scale details of the topography, and the waves, drag, and turbulence generated at the boundary, from meter scale to mesoscale, interact in the boundary layers to influence the larger-scale flow. We are using modern modeling and state estimation methods at multiple scales for collaborative study of the interaction of significant currents with steep topography in the western Tropical Pacific.