Vertical mixing in the bottom mixed layer near the continental shelf break in the East China Sea

Takeshi Matsuno, Seiichi Kanari, Chikashi Kobayashi, Toshiyuki Hibiya

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Abstract

The strength of the vertical mixing in the bottom mixed layer near the continental shelf break in the East China Sea was directly measured with the Micro-Scale Profiler (MSP). It has been shown that there is no significant statistical relation between the turbulent energy dissipation ε and the degree of the stratification N2. It seems that the vigorous turbulence occurs not constantly but intermittently in the bottom mixed layer so that a large variation of ε is found depending on the time. In contrast to ε, the coefficient of the vertical eddy diffusivity Kz is mostly determined by N such that Kz is large in the bottom mixed layer and small in the thermocline. Large value of Kz in the bottom mixed layer is also found in the time series of Kz estimated in terms of Richardson number calculated from the data obtained with electromagnetic current meters. The value of Kz more than 10 cm2s-1 frequently occur in the layer of 20-25 m thick just above the bottom.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-448
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Oceanography
Volume50
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography

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