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Adjustment of the Meridional Overturning Circulation and Its Dependence on Depth of Mixing

Vreugdenhil, Catherine; Hogg, Andrew McC.; Griffiths, Ross W.; Hughes, Graham O.

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The relative roles of advective processes and mixing on the temporal adjustment of the meridional overturning circulation are examined, in particular the effects of mixing in either the abyssal or upper ocean. Laboratory experiments with convectively driven overturning and imposed stirring rates show that the circulation adjusts toward an equilibrium state on time scales governed by mixing in the upper boundary layer region but independent of the mixing rate in the bulk of the interior. The...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/135780
Source: Journal of Physical Oceanography
DOI: 10.1175/JPO-D-15-0050.1

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