Operational Systems
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A glider before diving. -Image: HZG-

Small-scale Physics and Turbulence

There are a vast range of scales of motion that are present in the ocean -- from the large-scale oceanic gyres that fill the ocean basins, to the millimetre sized eddies in a turbulent tidal pool. It is this range of scales that presents the greatest difficulties in both observing and modelling ocean dynamics.

These difficulties are a major scientific obstacle facing society today, since in recent years intensive resources are being devoted to understanding the processes shaping our weather and climate.

The newly formed "Small-scale Physics and Turbulence" group works to understand ocean circulation, mixing, and processes that transport important quantities such as heat, salt, oxygen and nutrients, through a study of the smallest turbulent scales of motion.

Utilizing robotic ocean gliders for direct field measurement, high performance computer clusters for conducting numerical simulations, as well as construct theoretical models -- all to help understand and model turbulent processes in the oceans. Current, and ongoing, fields of investigation include:

  • North Sea coastal turbulence
  • Ocean impacts of offshore wind farms
  • Turbulent transport of heat in the Arctic Ocean