Crossing the Southern Ocean: How the parameterization of poleward heat transport may differ from that of the real world

Speaker: 
Matthew Hecht

Affiliation: 
LANL, USA

Seminar Date: 
22. October 2018 - 12:30 - 13:10

As the only major ocean basin that allows for circumpolar flow, with no continental boundaries against which zonal pressure gradients may be established, the Southern Ocean has been singled out as a region in which transient mesoscale eddies are especially important. When effects of bathymetry on the flow are considered, however, transient eddies alone need not generate the entire poleward heat transport that compensates the equatorward heat transport forced by the prevailing westerly winds.

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