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?
Merckelbach, L., A. Berger, G. Krahmann, M. Dengler and J. R. Carpenter (2019). A dynamic flight model for Slocum gliders and implications for turbulence microstructure measurements. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, Vol. 36 (2), 281-296.
Smyth, W. D. and J. Carpenter (2019). Instability in Geophysical Flows, Cambridge University Press.