The Role of Mesoscale Tracer Transports in the Global Ocean Circulation

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Science  20 May 1994:
Vol. 264, Issue 5162, pp. 1123-1126
DOI: 10.1126/science.264.5162.1123


Ocean models routinely used in simulations of the Earth's climate do not resolve mesoscale eddies because of the immense computational cost. A new parameterization of the effects of these eddies has been implemented in a widely used model. A comparison of its solution with that of the conventional parameterization shows significant improvements in the global temperature distribution, the poleward and surface heat fluxes, and the locations of deep-water formation.

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