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Volume 13, issue 3
Ocean Sci., 13, 503–519, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-13-503-2017
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Ocean Sci., 13, 503–519, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-13-503-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 26 Jun 2017

Research article | 26 Jun 2017

Spatial distribution of turbulent mixing in the upper ocean of the South China Sea

Xiao-Dong Shang et al.

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We conduct direct microstructure measurements that cover the SCS to explore the features of the turbulent mixing. Our results indicate that strong turbulent mixing was observed in the region to the west of the Luzon Strait where the diapycnal diffusivity is almost an order of magnitude higher than the values of the central and southern SCS. The energetic internal waves and internal tides generated near the Luzon Strait are expected to make a dominant contribution to creating this mixing patten.
We conduct direct microstructure measurements that cover the SCS to explore the features of the...
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