Dr. Amy Waterhouse
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
OA Section Research Candidate Interview Seminar
Abstract. Upwelling of heat typically occurs in the mid-ocean basins through diapycnal mixing but also occurs via upwelling along the boundaries, such as along the continental slopes. Understanding of the mechanisms driving this cycle of heat lies in unravelling the interconnectivity between the mid-ocean basins, the margins and continental shelves, and the underlying dynamics at submeso- and meso-scales that are capable of modifying this interconnectivity. This talk will investigate, using physical observations, what mid-basin processes work in concert to drive the observed variations in internal wave propagation, how slope and boundary processes are involved in the upwelling and mixing of deep isopycnal layers, and how continental shelves, specifically the inner shelf, act as an eventual dissipative graveyard for heat and energy.