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A simple convective model of the global overturning circulation, including effects of entrainment into sinking regions

Hughes, Graham; Griffiths, Ross


We use a simple conceptual model to examine the roles of vertical mixing and surface buoyancy fluxes in the dynamics of the global overturning circulation that ventilates the deep oceans. In addition to using the Munk [Munk, W.H., 1966. Abyssal recipes. Deep-Sea Research 13, 707-730] advection-diffusion balance in the ocean interior, we close the circulation by including the small high-latitude sinking regions, which are assumed to be turbulent geostrophic gravity currents on gentle topographic...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Ocean Modelling
DOI: 10.1016/j.ocemod.2005.04.001


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