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Ocean stratification under oscillatory surface buoyancy forcing

Griffiths, Ross; Maher, Nicola; Hughes, Graham


Laboratory experiments with overturning circulation driven by oscillatory heat fluxes at one boundary are used to explore implications, for the ocean stratification, of a cyclic fluctuation in sea-surface buoyancy forcing. Fluctuations having a range of periods spanning the timescale for global recycling of the ocean volume through the thermocline are considered, with emphasis on inter-hemispheric 'see-saw' oscillations. Episodic sinking of dense water in the oceans is represented by convection...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Marine Research
DOI: 10.1357/002224011799849372


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