Ocean Mixing Processes

Oceanographers use measurements of small-scale processes to infer rates of vertical diffusion of heat and mass in the ocean. These rates are important to our description and understanding of mixing in the ocean, and to the parameterization of mixing processes in circulation and other models. Examples of the importance of vertical mixing include nutrient supply and regeneration in regions of biological productivity, sediment suspension and transport, and the vertical structure of ocean currents in the surface and bottom boundary layers.

Two projects presently underway related to ocean mixing are:

Other projects related to ocean mixing include Gully Oceanography, and Primary Production on the Inner Scotian Shelf.