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Turbulent mixing in the eddy transport of Western Mediterranean Intermediate Water to the Alboran Sea

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  • A. Forryan
  • John Allen
  • E. Edhouse
  • B. Silburn
  • K. Reeve
  • E. Tesi
Western Mediterranean Intermediate Water (WIW) is formed in winter in the North-Western Mediterranean. WIW, identifiable as a distinct temperature minimum layer between Atlantic-Mediterranean Interface waters and the denser Levantine Intermediate Water, is carried down the east coast of Spain in anticyclonic mode water eddies, or “weddies” eventually reaching the Alboran sea. A previous detailed analysis of a weddy in the vicinity of the Almeria-Oran front indicated that it could have accounted for 10% of a winter's production of WIW, but this analysis was unable to consider turbulent dissipation. In this study we present microstructure measurements across a similar observation of WIW in the vicinity of the Almeria-Oran front and show that this figure could be conservative by 15–50% due to the turbulent dissipation associated with a weddy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Volume117
Issue numberC9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

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