All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 0 0 0
Full Text Views 126 14 3
PDF Downloads 15 8 1

The Influence of Layer Outeropping on the Separation of Boundary Currents. Part II: The Wind- and Buoyancy-Driven Experiments

View More View Less
  • 1 RSMAS/MPO, University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Full access

Abstract

It is shown that the main characteristic of the Persons western boundary current separation mechanism, namely a separation south of the zero wind stress curt line (ZWCL), is no longer present when diabatic effects are included through the addition of a mixed layer to the model structure. When diabatic processes are taken into account, the separation is associated with the outcropping of interior layers into the mixed layer where the horizontal density gradient is a maximum. The maintenance of this maximum results from a balance between potential vorticity conservation and diabatic processes. In spite of wide variations in either forcing functions or parameters, the flow patterns of the thermally forced experiments described herein remain very similar from one experiment to the other. With a separation latitude located at the ZWCL. It is only when salinity is allowed to vary significantly in space that one observes a significant move in the jet separation latitude.

Abstract

It is shown that the main characteristic of the Persons western boundary current separation mechanism, namely a separation south of the zero wind stress curt line (ZWCL), is no longer present when diabatic effects are included through the addition of a mixed layer to the model structure. When diabatic processes are taken into account, the separation is associated with the outcropping of interior layers into the mixed layer where the horizontal density gradient is a maximum. The maintenance of this maximum results from a balance between potential vorticity conservation and diabatic processes. In spite of wide variations in either forcing functions or parameters, the flow patterns of the thermally forced experiments described herein remain very similar from one experiment to the other. With a separation latitude located at the ZWCL. It is only when salinity is allowed to vary significantly in space that one observes a significant move in the jet separation latitude.

Save