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Title: A computational study of turbulent kinetic energy transport in barotropic turbulence on the f-plane

Energy transport by eddies is diagnosed from a series of simulations of stochastically forced, inhomogeneous two-dimensional turbulence—barotropic dynamics on the f-plane. The divergence of the energy flux is compared to diffusive models, both fractional and harmonic, and the inferred diffusivity κ is compared to a mixing-length model κ ∝ Vℓ where V and ℓ are eddy velocity and length scales, respectively. The flux-divergence is found to be well approximated by Laplacian diffusion with a mixing-length approximation. This study provides some support for diffusive modeling of mesoscale eddy energy transport in ocean model parameterizations.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Center for Atmosphere Ocean Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, New York, New York 10012 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22482446
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Fluids (1994); Journal Volume: 27; Journal Issue: 10; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; KINETIC ENERGY; LAPLACIAN; LENGTH; MIXING; POWER TRANSMISSION; SIMULATION; STOCHASTIC PROCESSES; TURBULENCE