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Deterministic Model of the Eddy Dynamics for a Midlatitude Ocean Model

Version 1 : Received: 21 May 2021 / Approved: 24 May 2021 / Online: 24 May 2021 (09:37:26 CEST)

How to cite: Uchida, T.; Deremble, B.; Popinet, S. Deterministic Model of the Eddy Dynamics for a Midlatitude Ocean Model. Preprints 2021, 2021050548 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0548.v1). Uchida, T.; Deremble, B.; Popinet, S. Deterministic Model of the Eddy Dynamics for a Midlatitude Ocean Model. Preprints 2021, 2021050548 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0548.v1).

Abstract

Mesoscale eddies, the weather system of the oceans, although being on the scales of O(20-100km), have a disproportionate role in shaping the mean jets such as the separated Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic Ocean, which is on the scale of O(1000km) in the along-jet direction. With the increase in computational power, we are now able to partially resolve the eddies in basin-scale and global ocean simulations, a model resolution often referred to as mesoscale permitting. It is well known, however, that due to grid-scale numerical viscosity, mesoscale permitting simulations have less energetic eddies and consequently weaker eddy feedback onto the mean flow. In this study, we run a quasi-geostrophic model at mesoscale resolving resolution in a double gyre configuration and formulate a deterministic parametrization for the eddy rectification term of potential vorticity (PV), namely, the eddy PV flux divergence. We have moderate success in reproducing the spatial patterns and magnitude of eddy kinetic and potential energy diagnosed from the model. One novel point about our approach is that we account for non-local eddy feedbacks onto the mean flow by solving the eddy PV equation prognostically in addition to the mean flow. In return, we are able to parametrize the variability in total (mean+eddy) PV at each time step instead of solely the mean PV. A closure for the total PV is beneficial as we are able to account for both the mean state and extreme events.

Subject Areas

Mesoscale eddy closure; Quasi geostrophy; Mid-latitude double gyre

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