Combining experiments with simulations
Scientists in Area T use experiments as well as simulations to investigate the ocean and atmosphere. High-resolution measurements are used e.g. to construct horizontal and vertical wavenumber power spectra or to construct energetically consistent parameterizations of energy transfers. Furthermore, observations with high-resolution data and simulations help assessing the mixing processes active in a descending gravity plume.
Specific research questions in Area T are:
- How to quantify and parameterise stratified turbulence in the atmosphere?
- What are processes, energy transfers and interactions between small-scale turbulence, gravity waves and eddies in the surface and bottom boundary layers of the ocean?
Burchard, H., Basdurak, N. B., Gräwe, U., Knoll, M., Mohrholz, V., and Müller, S. (2017). Salinity inversions in the thermocline under upwelling favorable winds. Geophysical Research Letters, 44, doi:10.1002/2016GL072101.