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Oceanic turbulence - Big bangs or continuous creation?A hypothesis concerning the turbulence characteristics of 'microstructure' patches in the ocean is proposed in which a turbulence field is driven at the same time and scale at which it is observed. The driving energy is converted into turbulence kinetic energy in such a way that the observed overturning thickness scale is linearly related to the length scale. This hypothesis is contrasted with that of Gibson (1982), in which the 'patches' are produced by rare, powerful turbulence generators that have 'fossilized' prior to their observation. Careful attention is given to the sampling process and its assumptions.
Document ID
19830065691
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Caldwell, D. R. (Oregon State University Corvallis, OR, United States)
Date Acquired
August 11, 2013
Publication Date
September 20, 1983
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume: 88
ISSN: 0148-0227
Subject Category
OCEANOGRAPHY
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: N00014-79-C-0004
Distribution Limits
Public
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