Turbulent Mixing and Biophysical Interactions
Mixing occurs over a broad range of
scales and plays a major role in transferring energy, materials, and organisms
throughout the global ocean. Mixing influences primary productivity,
plankton community structure, biogeochemical processes (e.g., carbon sequestration) in
the surface and deep ocean, and the transport of material to the deep ocean.
Quantifying mixing is essential to improving models of ocean circulation and ecosystem
Examples of Key Scientific Questions
- What role does vertical mixing in the ocean’s interior play
in determining the global distribution of heat and nutrients
in the ocean?
- What factors control the development of the mixed surface
layer, the entrainment of stratifi ed waters into the
mixed layer, and the exchange of gases between the mixed
layer and the atmosphere?
- What role do vertical and horizontal mixing play in
determining plankton community structure in the
- How is benthic community structure aff ected by nearbottom