Deep Ocean Communication Through Topographic Pathways

Session ID#: 28760

Session Description:
Flows interact with topography in many ways, from creating internal waves and bottom boundary layers, to modifying the large-scale potential vorticity gradients and causing standing meanders.  Large-scale meanders and their associated storm tracks are mixing hot-spots for cross-front transport of heat and tracers and locations with larger vertical fluxes of momentum and energy, with implications for mixing and bottom drag.  Separately, understanding bottom boundary layers and dissipative process at topography has been improving with higher resolution modeling and observations.  These processes have been studied globally: in the Southern Ocean, western boundary currents, and other locations.  In this session, we aim to connect these two communities and highlight the interconnected dynamics of the eddy/mean flow-topography interaction and bottom boundary layer processes and bridge the gap between their two associated length scales to understand the role of topography in tracer and energy budgets.
Primary Chair:  Madeleine K Youngs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States
Co-chairs:  Xiaozhou Ruan, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, United States and Ali Mashayek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, La Jolla, CA, United States
Index Terms:

4520 Eddies and mesoscale processes [OCEANOGRAPHY: PHYSICAL]
4528 Fronts and jets [OCEANOGRAPHY: PHYSICAL]
4562 Topographic/bathymetric interactions [OCEANOGRAPHY: PHYSICAL]
4568 Turbulence, diffusion, and mixing processes [OCEANOGRAPHY: PHYSICAL]
  • PL - Physical Oceanography: Mesoscale and Larger

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Stephanie Waterman, University of British Columbia, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Amelie Meyer, Norwegian Polar Institute, Ocean and Sea Ice, Tromsø, Norway, Kurt L Polzin, WHOI, Woods Hole, MA, United States, Sheldon Bacon, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom and Katy L. Sheen, University of Exeter, Geography, Exeter, United Kingdom
Aviv Solodoch1, James C McWilliams2, Andrew Stewart3, Jonathan Gula4 and Lionel Renault3, (1)University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States, (2)UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, United States, (3)University of California Los Angeles, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Los Angeles, CA, United States, (4)Laboratoire de Physique des Océans, Brest, France
Ryuichiro Inoue, JAMSTEC Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Kanagawa, Japan, Hirohiko Nakamura, Kagoshima Univ, Kagoshima, Japan, Takahiro Tanaka, Tohoku National Fisheries Research Institute, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency, Shiogama, Japan and Ichiro Yasuda, Atmosphere Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan