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The Role of Vertical Shear on the Horizontal Oceanic Dispersion : Volume 12, Issue 5 (02/09/2015)

By Lanotte, A. S.

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Title: The Role of Vertical Shear on the Horizontal Oceanic Dispersion : Volume 12, Issue 5 (02/09/2015)  
Author: Lanotte, A. S.
Volume: Vol. 12, Issue 5
Language: English
Subject: Science, Ocean, Science
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Copernicus GmbH
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2015
Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
Member Page: Copernicus Publications

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Corrado, R., Palatella, L., Lacorata, G., Schipa, I., Santoleri, R., Lanotte, A. S., & Pizzigalli, C. (2015). The Role of Vertical Shear on the Horizontal Oceanic Dispersion : Volume 12, Issue 5 (02/09/2015). Retrieved from http://worldebookfair.org/


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Description: CNR ISAC, GOS Team, Str. Prov. Lecce Monteroni, 73100 Lecce, Italy. The effect of vertical shear on the horizontal dispersion properties of passive tracer particles on the continental shelf of South Mediterranean is investigated by means of observative and model data. In-situ current measurements reveal that vertical velocity gradients in the upper mixed layer decorrelate quite fast (∼ 1 day), whereas basin-scale ocean circulation models tend to overestimate such decorrelation time because of finite resolution effects. Horizontal dispersion simulated by an eddy-permitting ocean model, like, e.g., the Mediterranean Forecasting System, is mosty affected by: (1) unresolved scale motions, and mesoscale motions that are largely smoothed out; (2) poorly resolved time variability of vertical velocity profiles in the upper layer. For the case study we have analysed, we show that a suitable use of kinematic parameterisations is helpful to implement realistic statistical features of tracer dispersion in two and three dimensions. The approach here suggested provides a functional tool to control the horizontal spreading of small organisms or substance concentrations, and is thus relevant for marine biology, pollutant dispersion as well as oil spill applications.

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The role of vertical shear on the horizontal oceanic dispersion

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