Publication details.

Paper

Year:2019
Author(s):E. Capó, A. Orfila, E. Mason, S. Ruiz
Title:Energy conversion routes in the western mediterranean sea estimated from eddy-mean flow interactions
Journal:JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY
ISSN:0022-3670
JCR Impact Factor:3.318
Volume:49
Issue No.:1
Pages:247-267
D.O.I.:10.1175/JPO-D-18-0036.1
Web:https://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JPO-D-18-0036.1
Abstract:© 2019 American Meteorological Society. Energy conversion routes are investigated in the western Mediterranean Sea from the eddy-mean flow interactions. The sources of eddy kinetic energy are analyzed by applying a regional formulation of the Lorenz energy cycle to 18 years of numerical simulation at eddy-resolving resolution (3.5 km), which allows for identifying whether the energy exchange between the mean and eddy flow is local or nonlocal. The patterns of energy conversion between the mean and eddy kinetic and potential energy are estimated in three subregions of the domain: the Alboran Sea, the Algerian Basin, and the northern basin. The spatial characterization of the energy routes hints at the physical mechanisms involved in maintaining the balance, suggesting that flow-topography interaction is strongly linked to eddy growth in most of the domain.

Related staff

  • Simón Ruiz Valero
  • Alejandro Orfila Förster
  • Evan Mason
  • Related departments

  • Oceanography and Global Change
  • Related research groups

  • Marine Technologies, Operational and Coastal Oceanography