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-P07] Turbulent mixing within the Kuroshio in Tokara Strait

*Eisuke Tsutsumi1, Takeshi Matsuno1, Ren-Chieh Lien2, Hirohiko Nakamura3, Tomoharu Senjyu1, Xinyu Guo4 (1.Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, 2.Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, 3.Faculty of Fisheries, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima, 4.Center for Marine Environmental Studies, Ehime University)

Strong turbulent mixing within the Kuroshio are observed using a microstructure profiler in Tokara Strait. The Kuroshio current is greatly modified at shallow seamounts. The vertical diffusivity in the Kuroshio at the lee of the seamount is enhanced nearly 100 times from the upstream site to Krho ~ O(10−3)–O(10−2) m2s-1. In the 70-m thick shear enhanced turbulence layer, the flow is in favor of shear instability. A one-dimensional diffusion model using the observed eddy diffusivity reproduces the observed water mass transformation. However, the estimated diffusion time scale is at least 10 times longer than the advection time scale and suggests much stronger turbulence mixing in the vicinity of the seamount. Our study suggests that a better prediction of current and water mass properties of the Kuroshio requires an accurate parameterization of interactions of the Kuroshio with topography and the associated turbulent mixing.