An Introduction to Ocean Turbulence



In an address to the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1932, Sir Horace Lamb commented, “I am an old man now, and when I die and go to heaven there are two matters on which I hope for enlightenment. One is quantum electrodynamics, and the other is the turbulent motion of fluids. And about the former I am rather optimistic.” Over the past century, understanding turbulent mixing in the ocean has been one of the most interesting and challenging problems of physical oceanography.