JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2020

Presentation information

[E] Oral

A (Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences ) » A-OS Ocean Sciences & Ocean Environment

[A-OS21] Dynamics of oceanic and atmospheric waves, vortices, and circulations

convener:Yuki Tanaka(Fukui Prefectural University), Ryo Furue(APL/JAMSTEC), Yukiharu Hisaki(University of the Ryukyus), Norihiko Sugimoto(Keio University, Department of Physics)

[AOS21-09] Novel use of time-lapse seismic images and in-situ hydrographic data for detecting changes at the interface between oceanic water layers

*Vincent Tong1, Qunshu Tang2,3 (1.University College London, 2.CAS Key Laboratory of Ocean and Marginal Sea Geology, 3.Innovation Academy of South China Sea Ecology and Environmental Engineering)

Keywords:time-lapse imaging, oceanic dynamics, water interfaces

The presence of horizontally spreading interfaces between water layers in the ocean requires an equilibrium between processes that cause them to grow and those that destroy them. Results from numerical simulations show that such interfaces can be developed from weeks to decades in an idealized system. Owing to the sparse temporal and spatial coverage, it has not been possible to provide empirical constraints for these models. We here present a novel method of combining time-lapse seismic images and physical oceanographic data to provide the first robust observation constraint on the changes at the leading edge of an interface between two water layers. Based on our recently published results (Tang, Tong, Hobbs & Morales Maqueda, Nature Communications, 2019), we discuss the novel approach and its implications for studying the links from the mesoscale to the finescale and then to the microscale processes that control how interfaces evolve. We conclude by highlighting the potential of our approach to studying the dynamics of other physical oceanographic processes.

Tang, Q., Tong, V.C.H., Hobbs, R.W. et al. Detecting changes at the leading edge of an interface between oceanic water layers. Nat Commun 10, 4674 (2019).