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K. L. Sheen, J. A. Brearley, A. C. Naveira Garabato, D. A. Smeed, S. Waterman, J. R. Ledwell, M. P. Meredith, L. St. Laurent, A. M. Thurnherr, J. M. Toole and A. J. Watson Rates and mechanisms of turbulent dissipation and mixing in the Southern Ocean: Results from the Diapycnal and Isopycnal Mixing Experiment in the Southern Ocean (DIMES) Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 118

Article first published online: 4 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/jgrc.20217

Key Points

  • Turbulence increases by an order of magnitude between SE Pacific & Scotia Sea
  • Lee waves play a pivotal role in Southern Ocean diapycnal mixing and circulation
  • 10-30 % of Southern Ocean predicted lee wave energy is dissipated locally

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