Turbulent mixing in the deep Southern Ocean

  • Research Theme
    Oceans & Cryosphere
  • Cross-disciplinary Theme(s)
    Ocean-Earth System
  • Funded By

    Australian Research Council
    From 2015 to 2017

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  • Project Summary

    Mixing in the Southern Ocean strongly affects the transport and storage of heat, carbon, and nutrients in the global ocean and hence climate itself. Yet processes generating mixing in the Southern Ocean remain poorly understood and inadequately represented in present ocean and climate models. The aims of this project are twofold. First, to understand mixing processes based on an innovative approach combining sparse observations and computer simulations. Second, to implement this understanding into a state-of-the-art climate model to study mixing impacts on the ocean circulation and climate. This project will lead to substantial improvements in climate models and allow Australia to predict and respond more effectively to climate change.

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Authorised by the Executive Director, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
1 October, 2019