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Ocean Science An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union

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Ocean Sci., 12, 601-612, 2016
http://www.ocean-sci.net/12/601/2016/
doi:10.5194/os-12-601-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed
under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
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26 Apr 2016
Mapping turbulent diffusivity associated with oceanic internal lee waves offshore Costa Rica
Will F. J. Fortin et al.

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Lee waves play a significant role in ocean mixing but are difficult to study with traditional casts, moorings, and tows due to their stationary nature and limited spatial extent. We develop a new method to estimate turbulent diffusivity from seismic data and find elevated levels of turbulence associated with lee waves in the mid-water and around the seafloor that are 5 times greater than surrounding waters and 50 times greater than open-ocean diffusivities.
Lee waves play a significant role in ocean mixing but are difficult to study with traditional...
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