Advances in understanding ocean eddies and their interactions with the atmosphere

Session ID#: 29697

Session Description:
The ocean, like the atmosphere, is a fundamentally turbulent system. As such, intense nonlinear interactions give rise to fine-scale structures, such as eddies, fronts, jets and filaments, that are of critical importance for the ocean circulation. These features are ubiquitous, and they have been recognized as key contributors to ocean transport of properties. Their energy generally exceeds that of the mean flow by an order of magnitude or more. Mounting evidence points to intense interactions, especially in the extratropics, between the atmosphere and the ocean on the scales of ocean eddies, which are much smaller than atmospheric synoptic scales. These interactions can have an important impact on the entire troposphere, affecting the positions of jet streams and their low-frequency variability, and they are likely a key-missing element in closing the budget of Earth’s energy imbalance. Theoretical understanding of eddy dynamics, especially in terms of air-sea interactions, however, remains incomplete. This represents an acute weakness in our present understanding of coupled ocean-atmosphere dynamics and its role in shaping variability and change of Earth’s climate.

We encourage submissions of abstracts describing new research findings, from observations and numerical modeling, on ocean mesoscale eddies, including their interactions with and feedbacks from the atmosphere.

Primary Chair:  Sabrina Speich, Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris, Paris, France
Co-chairs:  Walter A Robinson, North Carolina State U, Raleigh, NC, United States, Enrique Curchitser, Rutgers University, Department of Environmental Sciences, New Brunswick, NJ, United States and Xiaopei Lin, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China
Index Terms:

4504 Air/sea interactions [OCEANOGRAPHY: PHYSICAL]
4520 Eddies and mesoscale processes [OCEANOGRAPHY: PHYSICAL]
4572 Upper ocean and mixed layer processes [OCEANOGRAPHY: PHYSICAL]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Carine G van der Boog, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands, Caroline A Katsman, Delft University of Technology, Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Delft, Netherlands, Julie Pietrzak, Delft University of Technology, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Delft, Netherlands and Hendrik A Dijkstra, IMAU - Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht, Physics, Utrecht, Netherlands
Sabrina Speich, Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris, Paris, France, Bruno Blanke, Laboratoire d'Océanographie Physique et Spatiale (LOPS), Brest, France, Tonia astrid Capuano, University of Western Brittany, Brest, France, Rémi Laxenaire, Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, UMR 8539 (CNRS/INSU, ENS & Ecole Polytechnique), Paris, France and Emanuela Rusciano, JCOMMOPS - OceanSITES Project Office, Ramonville-Saint-Agne, France
Shejun Fan1, Steven L Morey2 and Sergio Jaramillo1, (1)Shell Houston, Houston, TX, United States, (2)Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies, Tallahassee, FL, United States
Manuela Guarin1, Yuley M Cardona1 and Sergio Jaramillo2, (1)Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellin, Medellin, Colombia, (2)Shell Houston, Houston, TX, United States