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Ferrari et al. 2008

Ferrari, R., J.C. McWilliams, V.M. Canuto, and M. Dubovikov, 2008: Parameterization of eddy fluxes near oceanic boundaries. J. Climate, 31, 2770-2789, doi:10.1175/2007JCLI1510.1.

In the stably stratified interior of the ocean, mesoscale eddies transport materials by quasi-adiabatic isopycnal stirring. Resolving or parameterizing these effects is important for modeling the oceanic general circulation and climate. Near the bottom and near the surface, however, microscale boundary layer turbulence overcomes the adiabatic, isopycnal constraints for the mesoscale transport. In this paper a formalism is presented for representing this transition from adiabatic, isopycnally oriented mesoscale fluxes in the interior to the diabatic, along-boundary mesoscale fluxes near the boundaries. A simple parameterization form is proposed that illustrates its consequences in an idealized flow. The transition is not confined to the turbulent boundary layers, but extends into the partially diabatic transition layers on their interiorward edge. A transition layer occurs because of the mesoscale variability in the boundary layer and the associated mesoscale-microscale dynamical coupling.

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BibTeX Citation

  author={Ferrari, R. and McWilliams, J. C. and Canuto, V. M. and Dubovikov, M.},
  title={Parameterization of eddy fluxes near oceanic boundaries},
  journal={Journal of Climate},

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RIS Citation

ID  - fe06000k
AU  - Ferrari, R.
AU  - McWilliams, J. C.
AU  - Canuto, V. M.
AU  - Dubovikov, M.
PY  - 2008
TI  - Parameterization of eddy fluxes near oceanic boundaries
JA  - J. Climate
JO  - Journal of Climate
VL  - 31
SP  - 2770
EP  - 2789
DO  - 10.1175/2007JCLI1510.1
ER  -

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