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The effects of mesoscale ocean-atmosphere coupling on the large-scale ocean circulation

Hogg, Andrew; Dewar, William K; Berloff, Pavel; Kravtsov, Sergey; Hutchinson, David


Small-scale variation in wind stress due to ocean-atmosphere interaction within the atmospheric boundary layer alters the temporal and spatial scale of Ekman pumping driving the double-gyre circulation of the ocean. A high-resolution quasigeostrophic (QG) ocean model, coupled to a dynamic atmospheric mixed layer, is used to demonstrate that, despite the small spatial scale of the Ekman-pumping anomalies, this phenomenon significantly modifies the large-scale ocean circulation. The primary...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Climate
DOI: 10.1175/2009JCLI2629.1


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