JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017

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[EE] Poster

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

[A-OS15] [EE] Ocean Mixing Matters

Sun. May 21, 2017 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall HALL7)

[AOS15-P02] Estimates of eddy diffusivities using fast response thermistors

*HARUKA NAKANO1, Kitade Yujiro1, Keishi Shimada1, Toshiyuki Hibiya2 (1.Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, 2.University of Tokyo)

Keywords:Thorpe scale, Temperature overturn, MicroRider

We assess the performance of the CTD (conductivity-temperature-depth profiler) system equipped with a microstructure profiler called MicroRider (MR, manufactured by Rockland Scientific Inc.) in measuring microstructure in the deep ocean through the field observation carried out in 2017. Temperature overturns were detected by the fast response thermistor (FPO-7). The overturning scales (the Thorpe scale LT) are converted into energy dissipation rates, which are then compared with those directly measured by Vertical Microstructure Profiler (VMP) in the same region in 2016. We find that, although the difference between the eddy diffusivities obtained by MR and VMP is large in the upper layer, it diminishes as the measuring depth increases. This motivates us to introduce the ratio ROT of the Ozmidov scale LO to the Thorpe scale LT which depends on the density stratification. We define the value of ROT as αN/Nave (N is the buoyancy frequency, and Nave is the average value of N) and estimate suitable α. It is found that, compared to the case using constant ratio ROT = 0.8, the root mean square (rms) between the eddy diffusivities obtained by MR and VMP is decreased by an order. Thus, using the corrected factor ROT obtained in this study, the eddy diffusivities estimated by MR become comparable to those directly measured by VMP, except for the layers affected by the background temperature inversions and double diffusion.