LatMix 2011 and 2012 Dispersion Analysis
School for Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth New Bedford United States
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Our long-term goal is to better understand lateral mixing processes in the ocean on scales of 10 m to 10 km, i.e., the submesoscale. We aim to understand the underlying mechanisms and forcing, as well as the temporal, spatial, and scale variability of such mixing. This research will contribute to fundamental knowledge of ocean dynamics at these scales, and to efforts to properly parameterize sub-grid scale mixing and stirring in numerical models. Ultimately our research will also enhance modeling and understanding of upper ocean ecosystems, since the flow of nutrients and plankton depends on stirring and mixing at these scales.