Keywords:double diffusion, turbulence, microstructure measurement
Although it is suggested in several previous studies that double diffusion is a potentially effective contributor to vertical mixing, it is still challenging for estimating how double diffusion vertically transports heat and salt quantitatively. During the cruise of R/V Mirai along the I08N and I07S sections (MR19-04), microstructure measurements were carried out by fast response thermistors FP07, which were mounted on the CTD rosette. We obtained micro-temperature profiles in salt finger (diffusive convection) favorable regions such as tropical and subtropical zones (Antarctic zones) of the Indian Ocean. The high value of thermal variance dissipation (χ) in these double diffusion favorable regions potentially indicates the enhanced thermal vertical diffusivity, although we should also consider the contribution from the horizontal thermal diffusion. In addition, we discuss the difference of thermal variance spectral shape between double diffusion and turbulence.