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Yang Jiao and W. K. Dewar

of the topic are given by Ferrari and Wunsch (2010 , 2009) and Wunsch and Ferrari (2004) . They argue that 0.4 TW (1 TW = 10 12 W; Munk and Wunsch 1998 ; St. Laurent and Simmons 2006 ) is supplied to the potential energy field of the ocean in order to sustain the observed stratification and that this energetic requirement can be approximately accounted for by the winds and the tides. Hughes et al. (2009) argue that buoyant forcing also plays an important role. The sequence leading to

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