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Titre : The effect of eddies and Rossby waves on the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation at 26.5°N and their decay at the western boundary.
Nom du conférencier : Louis Clément
Son affiliation : NOC, Southampton
Laboratoire organisateur : LOCEAN
Date et heure : 24-11-2014 11h00
Lieu : salle de réunion LOCEAN, tour 45/55, 4eme étage
Résumé :

The meridional overturning circulation (MOC) at 26.5°N in the Atlantic has a standard deviation of 4.9 Sv and contains large fluctuations at subannual periods. The geostrophic component of the MOC is believed to be influenced on subannual timescales by eddies and Rossby waves. To quantify this effect, the vertical structure and surface characteristics of westward propagating signals are studied using altimetric data and full-depth mooring measurements from the RAPID array at 26.5°N. Westward propagating features are observed in the western North Atlantic in both datasets and have periods of 80–250 days in the first baroclinic mode. These features are still observed by the RAPID moorings 20 km offshore of the western boundary. The western boundary also exhibits deep variability characterized by enhanced energy in higher baroclinic modes. The effect of eddies and Rossby waves on the geostrophic transport is quantified by representing their vertical structure with the first baroclinic mode. In total, 42% of the variance of the transbasin thermocline transport inferred from geostrophic calculations at 26.5°N can be attributed to first mode variability, which is associated with eddies and Rossby waves at periods of 80–250 days. The standard deviation of the transbasin thermocline transport due to eddies and Rossby waves is estimated to be 2.6 Sv. Having observed eddies to propagate towards the western boundary at midlatitudes; the aim of the second section is to investigate the generation of internal waves by eddies at the western boundary.