Mixed layer sub-mesoscale parameterization – Part 2: Results for coarse resolution OGCMs
V. M. Canuto1,2 and M. S. Dubovikov1,31NASA, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, 2880 Broadway, New York, NY, 10025, USA 2Dept. Applied Physics and Math., Columbia University, New York, NY, 10027, USA 3Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University, New York, NY, 10025, USA
Received: 21 Jun 2010 – Accepted for review: 28 Jun 2010 – Discussion started: 12 Jul 2010
Abstract. Recent studies have shown that sub-mesoscales (SM, ~1 km) play an important role in mixed layer dynamics and have concluded that it has become necessary to include them in ocean global circulation models, OGCMs. In part A, we developed and assessed a parameterization of the vertical SM tracer flux for OGCMs that resolve mesoscales M but not SM. In the present paper, we derive a parameterization of the vertical SM tracer flux for OGCMs that do not resolve either M or SM, as those used in climate studies.
Canuto, V. M. and Dubovikov, M. S.: Mixed layer sub-mesoscale parameterization – Part 2: Results for coarse resolution OGCMs, Ocean Sci. Discuss., 7, 1289-1302, doi:10.5194/osd-7-1289-2010, 2010.