Convection in the Labrador Sea
Final rept. 1 May 95-31 Jul 97
SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY LA JOLLA CA
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The long-term goal of this grant was to describe the process of deep oceanic convection well enough to provide critical tests of, and guidance to, models used to predict subsurface ocean conditions. The observational objective of this project was to define the statistics of plume processes typical vertical velocities, temperature fluctuations and the vertical heat flux and to develop a resolved picture of how the chimney scale evolves over two complete cooling seasons. This observational picture was to be compared with model predictions that relate the plume properties to physical parameters surface buoyancy flux, earths rotation and the initial oceanic density stratification and predict how chimney scale structures evolve.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography