[SIT21-P14] Possible interaction between the core and mantle inferred from a core surface flow model
Keywords:core-mantle interaction, core surface flow
Any inhomogeneous structure, such as temperature or heat flux, at the CMB is likely to have a strong effect on the core flow. The inhomogeneity successively influences the flow pattern. Therefore, average of fluid flow is expected to show possible core-mantle interaction. Hence, fluid flows inside and below the boundary layer are averaged over the time from 1840 to 2015 covered by the COV-OBS.x1 model. However, mean amplitudes of upwelling and downwelling flows as well as mean horizontal flows are found to be smaller than those at respective times. This result suggests that possible thermal heterogeneity due to the lowermost mantle structure has little effect on the core surface flow; that is, compositional convection is dominant in the Earth's outer core. It should be noted, however, that there is a noticeable upwelling flow corresponding to a counterclockwise vortex beneath the south of Africa, and that the location is just outside the tangent cylinder, an imaginary cylinder parallel to the rotational axis and attached to the equator of the inner core. This may indicate that the vortex corresponds to an edge of columnar convective motion, although the other edge in the northern hemisphere is unclear.