Six Questions about Double-Diffusive Convection
DALHOUSIE UNIV HALIFAX (NOVA SCOTIA)
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Double-diffusive convection, at first considered an oceanographic curiosity, has fascinated fluid dynamicists for a generation. This is partly because some early and basic questions have still not been answered. The most practical of these - whether double diffusion is important in the ocean - was raised in the defining paper, when Stern 1960 wrote future studies of this model ... will determine whether the proposed mechanism is significant in the vertical mixing of the sea. This question of significance has not been answered yet, and may not be until we can answer a host of fundamental questions about mechanisms and interactions, some of which are highlighted here.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography