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Ocean Sciences 058 - Mesoscale ocean processes and their rep

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Dear Colleagues

We would like to draw your attention to Session 058-
Mesoscale ocean processes and their representation in earth system models
at the 2014 Ocean Sciences meeting in Honolulu HI, USA, from February 23-28 2013.
Please consider contributing a presentation.
The session description is below.

Mesoscale processes influence biological production, mixing, and
dissipation of momentum in the ocean. Although a significant fraction
of ocean kinetic energy involved in ocean circulation is related to
these processes, their intrinsic dynamics, including details of their
three-dimensional structure, sources, and life cycle, are not fully
understood and remain poorly resolved in general circulation models.
Parameterization schemes are commonly used to approximate their
effects on physical and biogeochemical components of ocean models, but
the sensitivity of regional and global scale dynamics to alternate
parameterizations and improved resolution remains unclear. This
session invites reports on observational, modeling, and theoretical
studies of the dynamics of mesoscale eddies, Rossby waves, major
fronts, jets, striations, and beta-plumes. We also encourage
discussion of rectified effects and potential feedbacks between these
ocean processes and other components of the earth system (e.g.,
between ocean physical and biological processes), representation of
these feedbacks in general circulation models, and examination of
model sensitivity to changing resolution and parameterizations. We aim
to elucidate the effects of increased model and process resolution on
the representation of time-averaged physical and biogeochemical
processes in earth system models and explore hypotheses concerning
their dynamical response to projected changes in climate over the
coming centuries.

We hope to see many of you in Honolulu.
Apologies for cross-postings.

Best regards,
Mehmet Ilicak
Uni Research, BCCR.

on behalf of

Ryan Rykaczewski, Nikolai Maximenko, Ali Belmadani, and Detlef Stammer

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