Vertical mixing at intermediate depths in the Arctic boundary current.

Lenn, Y. D., Wiles, P. J., Torres-Valdes, S., Abrahamsen, E. P., Rippeth, T. P., Simpson, J. H., Bacon, S., Laxon, S. W., Polyakov, I., Ivanov, V. and Kirillov, S. (2009) Vertical mixing at intermediate depths in the Arctic boundary current. Geophysical Research Letters, 36 (5). L05601. DOI 10.1029/2008GL036792.

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Abstract

Microstructure and hydrographic observations, during September 2007 in the boundary current on the East Siberian continental slope, document upper ocean stratification and along-stream water mass changes. A thin warm surface layer overrides a shallow halocline characterized by a ∼40-m thick temperature minimum layer beginning at ∼30 m depth. Below the halocline, well-defined thermohaline diffusive staircases extended downwards to warm Atlantic Water intrusions found at 200–800 m depth. Observed turbulent eddy kinetic energy dissipations are extremely low (ε < 10−6 W m−3), such that double diffusive convection dominates the vertical mixing in the upper-ocean. The diffusive convection heat fluxes FHdc ∼1 W m−2, are an order of magnitude too small to account for the observed along-stream cooling of the boundary current. Our results implicate circulation patterns and the influence of shelf waters in the evolution of the boundary current waters.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Turbulence; Sea-ice; Water masses; Arctic boundary current; East Siberian continental slope
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1029/2008GL036792
ISSN: 0094-8276
Projects: Polynya, Laptev Sea System
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2015 08:43
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2015 08:43
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/28500

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