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Turbulent mixing in the eddy transport of Western Mediterranean Intermediate Water to the Alboran Sea

Forryan, A.; Allen, J.T.; Edhouse, E.; Silburn, B.; Reeve, K.; Tesi, E.. 2012 Turbulent mixing in the eddy transport of Western Mediterranean Intermediate Water to the Alboran Sea. Journal of Geophysical Research, 117 (C9). C09008. 10.1029/2012JC008284

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Abstract/Summary

Western Mediterranean Intermediate Water (WIW) is formed in winter in the North-Western Mediterranean. WIW, identifiable as a distinct temperature minimum layer between Atlantic-Mediterranean Interface waters and the denser Levantine Intermediate Water, is carried down the east coast of Spain in anticyclonic mode water eddies, or “weddies” eventually reaching the Alboran sea. A previous detailed analysis of a weddy in the vicinity of the Almeria-Oran front indicated that it could have accounted for 10% of a winter's production of WIW, but this analysis was unable to consider turbulent dissipation. In this study we present microstructure measurements across a similar observation of WIW in the vicinity of the Almeria-Oran front and show that this figure could be conservative by 15–50% due to the turbulent dissipation associated with a weddy.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1029/2012JC008284
Programmes: NOC Programmes
ISSN: 01480227
Date made live: 19 Oct 2012 10:07 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/444361

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