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Contrasting dynamic characteristics of shear turbulence and Langmuir circulation in the surface mixed layer
Li Guojing; Wang Dongxiao; Chen Ju; Yao Jinglong; Zeng Lili; Shu Yeqiang; Sui Dandan; yaojl@scsio.ac.cn
2015
Source PublicationACTA OCEANOLOGICA SINICA
Volume34Issue:5Pages:1-11
Subtype0253-505X
AbstractLarge eddy simulation (LES) is used to investigate contrasting dynamic characteristics of shear turbulence (ST) and Langmuir circulation (LC) in the surface mixed layer (SML). ST is usually induced by wind forcing in SML. LC can be driven by wave-current interaction that includes the roles of wind, wave and vortex forcing. The LES results show that LC suppresses the horizontal velocity and greatly modifies the downwind velocity profile, but increases the vertical velocity. The strong downwelling jets of LC accelerate and increase the downward transport of energy as compared to ST. The vertical eddy viscosity K-m of LC is much larger than that of ST. Strong mixing induced by LC has two locations. They are located in the 2 delta(s)-3 delta(s) (Stokes depth scale) and the lower layer of the SML, respectively. Its value and position change periodically with time. In contrast, maximum K-m induced by ST is located in the middle depth of the SML. The turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) generated by LC is larger than that by ST. The differences in vertical distributions of TKE and K-m are evident. Therefore, the parameterization of LC cannot be solely based on TKE. For deep SML, the convection of large-scale eddies in LC plays a main role in downward transport of energy and LC can induce stronger velocity shear (S-2) near the SML base. In addition, the large-scale eddies and S-2 induced by LC is changing all the time, which needs to be fully considered in the parameterization of LC.
Department[Li Guojing; Wang Dongxiao; Chen Ju; Yao Jinglong; Zeng Lili; Shu Yeqiang; Sui Dandan] Chinese Acad Sci, South China Sea Inst Oceanol, State Key Lab Trop Oceanog, Guangzhou 510301, Guangdong, Peoples R China ; LTO
KeywordSurface Mixed Layer Langmuir Circulation Shear Turbulence Large Eddy Simulation
Subject AreaOceanography
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.scsio.ac.cn/handle/344004/15088
Collection热带海洋环境国家重点实验室(LTO)
Corresponding Authoryaojl@scsio.ac.cn
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Li Guojing,Wang Dongxiao,Chen Ju,et al. Contrasting dynamic characteristics of shear turbulence and Langmuir circulation in the surface mixed layer[J]. ACTA OCEANOLOGICA SINICA,2015,34(5):1-11.
APA Li Guojing.,Wang Dongxiao.,Chen Ju.,Yao Jinglong.,Zeng Lili.,...&yaojl@scsio.ac.cn.(2015).Contrasting dynamic characteristics of shear turbulence and Langmuir circulation in the surface mixed layer.ACTA OCEANOLOGICA SINICA,34(5),1-11.
MLA Li Guojing,et al."Contrasting dynamic characteristics of shear turbulence and Langmuir circulation in the surface mixed layer".ACTA OCEANOLOGICA SINICA 34.5(2015):1-11.
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