JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2020

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[E] Poster

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

[A-OS24] Exploring new frontiers of oceanic mixing research in the next decade

convener:Toshiyuki Hibiya(Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo), Ichiro Yasuda(Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo), Lakshmi Kantha(Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA)

[AOS24-P09] Near-inertial shear and widespread intensified thermocline mixing in a seasonally stratified shelf sea

*Wei Yang1 (1.Tianjin University)

Mixing within and across the thermocline in seasonally stratified shelf seas controls nutrients supply from depth, laying the foundation for the growth and distribution of primary producers. Thermocline mixing is nevertheless suppressed by the strong stratification, as a result of which nutrients are usually depleted in the euphotic zone, substantially limiting new productivity. Here we show for the first time that there is widespread intensified thermocline mixing in the summer stratified Yellow Sea with the average thermocline dissipation rate and vertical eddy diffusivity to be 2.2×10-7W kg-1and 4.4×10-5m2s-1, respectively. Analysis of mooring and shipboard velocity measurements reveals the presence of energetic downward-propagating near-inertial waves. These waves appeared to have induced strong velocity shear across the thermocline, which generated the observed intensified thermocline turbulence. These results have important implications for nutrients cycling and the maintenance of primary productivity in seasonally stratified shelf seas.