Variability of sub-mesoscale dynamics in the North Atlantic ocean from a 1/60° ocean model simulation.
Event: 2015 Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting
Session: Science II: Mesoscale and sub-mesoscale ocean processes: current understanding and preparation for SWOT
Presentation type: Type Poster
Contribution: not provided
In this poster, we use several years of a sub-mesoscale-permitting, North Atlantic ocean/sea-ice model simulation performed at an unprecedented 1/60° resolution with 300 vertical levels. We describe the spatio-temporal variability of dynamical regimes at scales <100km at mid and high latitudes within the basin in terms of velocity wavenumber spectra and in terms of small scale variance of relative vorticity. Our results show in particular how the seasonal cycle of surface stratification in the subpolar gyre leads to a strong seasonal modulation of submesoscale activity at high latitudes. We will finally discuss how future wide-swath altimetric missions (SWOT) will sample these dynamical regimes.