The role of eddies in buoyancy flux
Author(s)Ring, Michael J., 1979-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics.
John C. Marshall and Thomas J. Greytak.
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This thesis explores the role of eddies in determining the stratification of the ocean through a laboratory experiment. The experiment uses a dual-tank apparatus, with a smaller tank sitting inside the larger tank. Both tanks sit on a rotating turntable, which simulates the rotation of Earth. During the experiment, salty water is pumped from the outer tank through small holes in the base of the inner tank, which is initially filled with fresh water. The evolution of the dense fluid in the inner tank is observed, with particular regard to the number of eddies that form. These observations are checked against theoretical predictions, derived from analysis of buoyancy flux, for the number of eddies expected to form.
Thesis: S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, 2001.Thesis: S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Physics, 2001.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (page 35).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences., Physics.