University of Cambridge > > Geophysical and Environmental Processes > Boundary Upwelling of Antarctic Bottom Water by Topographic Turbulence

Boundary Upwelling of Antarctic Bottom Water by Topographic Turbulence

Add to your list(s) Download to your calendar using vCal

  • UserLois Baker, University of Edinburgh
  • ClockMonday 06 November 2023, 13:00-14:00
  • HouseMR5, CMS.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Prof. John R. Taylor.

The lower cell of the meridional overturning circulation (MOC) is sourced by dense Antarctic Bottom Waters (AABW), which form and sink around Antarctica and subsequently fill the abyssal ocean. For the MOC to ‘overturn’, these dense waters must upwell via mixing with lighter waters above. Here, we investigate the processes underpinning such mixing, and the resulting water mass transformation, using an observationally forced, high-resolution numerical model of the Drake Passage in the Southern Ocean. In the Drake Passage, the mixing of dense AABW formed in the Weddell Sea with lighter deep waters transported from the Pacific Ocean by the Antarctic Circumpolar Current is catalysed by energetic flows impinging on rough topography. We find that multiple topographic interaction processes facilitate the mixing of the two water masses, ultimately resulting in the upwelling of waters with neutral density greater than 28.19, and the downwelling of the lighter waters above.

This talk is part of the Geophysical and Environmental Processes series.

Tell a friend about this talk:

This talk is included in these lists:

Note that ex-directory lists are not shown.


© 2006-2024, University of Cambridge. Contact Us | Help and Documentation | Privacy and Publicity