Mixing by Oceanic Lee Waves

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2021

A newly-published review by AOS Faculty Member Sonya Legg, associate director of CIMES, summarizes current theory and observations of lee wave generation and mixing driven by lee wave breaking, distinguishing between steady and tidally oscillating forcing. The existing parameterizations of lee wave–driven mixing informed by theory and observations are outlined, and the impacts of the parameterized lee wave–driven mixing on simulations of large-scale ocean circulation are summarized. The review was published in the Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics.