Parameterization of Submesoscale Symmetric Instability in Dense Flows Along Topography

Wednesday, Jun 9, 2021

In a recent  paper, led by AOS Alum Elizabeth Yankovsky (NYU) with AOS Faculty Members Sonya Legg and Robert Hallberg, the authors develop a parameterization for representing the effects of submesoscale symmetric instability (SI) in the ocean interior. SI may contribute to water mass modification and mesoscale energy dissipation in flow systems throughout the World Ocean. The need for such a parameterization emerges as models move toward resolving increasingly finer-scale flows but not the small-scale turbulent mixing within them. The research, which was based on Elizabeth's thesis work, is published in AGU's Journal of Advances in Modeling the Earth Systems.