Birth, life and death of a cyclonic eddy in the Southern Ocean

Torres, R, Adams, K, Sallee, J-B, Bachman, S and Taylor, J 2016 Birth, life and death of a cyclonic eddy in the Southern Ocean. [Poster] In: AGU general meeting - Ocean Sciences, New Orleans, 22-26 February 2016. (Unpublished)

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The ACC is a climatically relevant frontal structure of global importance that regularly develops instabilities which grow into meanders that eventually evolve into long-lived cyclonic eddies. These eddies exhibit sustain primary productivity that can last several months fuelled by local resupply of nutrients. During April-May 2015 we conducted an intensive field experiment in the Southern Ocean (SMILES) where we sampled and tracked an ACC meander as it developed into an eddy and later vanished some 90 days later. The meander and later eddy physical characteristics were observed with a combination of high resolution hydrography, ADCP and turbulence observations in addition to surface and depth resolved biogeochemical observations of nutrients and phytoplankton. The life and death of the eddy was subsequently tracked through ARGO, BIO-ARGO and remote sensing.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Poster)
Additional Keywords: submesoscales, southern ocean, cyclonic eddy, biogeochemistry
Subjects: Atmospheric Sciences
Marine Sciences
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Marine System Modelling
Depositing User: Ricardo Torres
Date made live: 29 Mar 2016 11:04
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 16:15

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