Accession Number:

ADP013582

Title:

Vertical Shear Plus Horizontal Stretching as a Route to Mixing

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

CAMBRIDGE UNIV (UNITED KINGDOM) DEPT OF APPLIED MATHEMATICS AND THEORETICAL PHYSICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2001-01-19

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

The combined effect of vertical shear and horizontal stretching leads to thin, sloping structures in tracer fields, whose vertical length scale is much smaller than their horizontal length scale. These structures are then vulnerable to vertical mixing processes. This effect needs to be taken into account when interpreting the horizontal structure of oceanic and atmospheric tracers and may explain recent oceanographic observations.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE