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Ocean Turbulence

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This collection derives mainly from work discussed at the “Ocean Turbulence Conference” that took place in Santa Fe, NM in June of 2013. The point of the conference was to bring together the ocean turbulence community with the mathematics community to discuss questions of understanding and modeling the world oceans. Some of the topics include the following questions: Mixing in the ocean seems to play a central role, but is this a consequence of turbulence? And is mixing truly important, or is the ocean interior adiabatic at first order? Is the concept of an ‘eddy diffusivity’ still useful? How does energy pass through the system from the large scales to the small scale? Are mesoscale eddies genuinely turbulent, and what is their relation to mixing and to the small scales, if any? Finally, what can we learn from looking at the mathematical properties of the fluid equations? Can the mathematical structure help us in understanding the dynamics or building parameterizations? Though the answers to these questions are ongoing, papers in this collection span key ideas that come from observations, experiments, modeling, and mathematics.

Collection organizers:
Beth A. Wingate,* Los Alamos National Laboratory
Geoffrey K. Vallis,* Princeton University

*Current Affiliation: University of Exeter, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Exeter, Devon, UK

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Xia Liu; Mu Mu; Qiang Wang
Journal of Physical Oceanography
Navid C. Constantinou
Journal of Physical Oceanography
Masoud Jalali; Vamsi K. Chalamalla; Sutanu Sarkar
Journal of Physical Oceanography
Catherine A. Vreugdenhil; Andrew McC. Hogg; Ross W. Griffiths; Graham O. Hughes
Journal of Physical Oceanography
Nicolas Grisouard; Leif N. Thomas
Journal of Physical Oceanography
Sean Haney; Baylor Fox-Kemper; Keith Julien; Adrean Webb
Journal of Physical Oceanography
Takeyoshi Nagai; Amit Tandon; Eric Kunze; Amala Mahadevan
Journal of Physical Oceanography
Vamsi K. Chalamalla; Sutanu Sarkar
Journal of Physical Oceanography
Katherine McCaffrey; Baylor Fox-Kemper; Gael Forget
Journal of Physical Oceanography
Juan A. Saenz; Rémi Tailleux; Edward D. Butler; Graham O. Hughes; Kevin I. C. Oliver
Journal of Physical Oceanography
R. M. Holmes; L. N. Thomas
Journal of Physical Oceanography
Roy Barkan; Kraig B. Winters; Stefan G. Llewellyn Smith
Journal of Physical Oceanography
Jonathan Gula; M. Jeroen Molemaker; James C. McWilliams
Journal of Physical Oceanography
Peter E. Hamlington; Luke P. Van Roekel; Baylor Fox-Kemper; Keith Julien; Gregory P. Chini
Journal of Physical Oceanography
Carlowen A. Smith; Kevin G. Speer; Ross W. Griffiths
Journal of Physical Oceanography
Ryan Abernathey; Paola Cessi
Journal of Physical Oceanography
Michael A. Spall
Journal of Physical Oceanography
Jörn Callies; Raffaele Ferrari
Journal of Physical Oceanography
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