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OS | Articles | Volume 14, issue 4
Ocean Sci., 14, 801–812, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-14-801-2018
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Ocean Sci., 14, 801–812, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-14-801-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 22 Aug 2018

Research article | 22 Aug 2018

Turbulent length scales in a fast-flowing, weakly stratified, strait: Cook Strait, New Zealand

Craig L. Stevens
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Mixing in the ocean is highly variable and it is often difficult to measure the more energetic regions. Here we present the first full-depth turbulence profiles from Cook Strait, New Zealand. This 22 km wide channel between the major islands of New Zealand sustains very fast tidally driven flows. The measurements show that large vertical eddies exist, moving water up and down. This will affect stratification, as well as any biology, as it passes through the strait.
Mixing in the ocean is highly variable and it is often difficult to measure the more energetic...
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