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Shear dispersion and delayed propagation of temperature anomalies along the Norwegian Atlantic Slope Current
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
Number of Authors: 22018 (English)In: Tellus. Series A, Dynamic meteorology and oceanography, ISSN 0280-6495, E-ISSN 1600-0870, Vol. 70, article id 1453215Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Using satellite altimetric sea surface height (ADT) data, we search for propagation of hydrographic anomalies along the Norwegian Atlantic Slope Current (NwASC) from the SvinOy section in the south to the Fram Strait in the north. Our analyses indicate that ADT anomalies, related to low-frequency temperature variations, propagate downstream with speeds of about 2cm s. Notably, this speed is nearly an order of magnitude slower than the speed of the NwASC, which in agreement with previously estimated propagation speeds of hydrographic anomalies along the flow. A conceptual tracer advection model, consisting of a thin current core interacting with an adjacent slow moving reservoir, is introduced to examine temperature anomaly propagation along the NwASC. It is shown that shear dispersion effects, resulting from cross-stream eddy mixing and velocity shear, can qualitatively explain the observed delayed propagation of hydrographic anomalies: low-frequency temperature anomalies move downstream with an effective velocity that corresponds to a mean velocity across the entire Atlantic Water layer, rather than the speed of Norwegian Atlantic Slope Current.

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2018. Vol. 70, article id 1453215
Keywords [en]
Nordic Seas, propagation ocean heat anomalies towards the Arctic Ocean, satellite altimetry, shear dispersion and delayed propagation
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-156072DOI: 10.1080/16000870.2018.1453215ISI: 000428839900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-156072DiVA, id: diva2:1209307
Available from: 2018-05-22 Created: 2018-05-22 Last updated: 2018-05-22Bibliographically approved

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