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Observations of Biologically Generated Turbulence in a Coastal Inlet

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Science  22 Sep 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5794, pp. 1768-1770
DOI: 10.1126/science.1129378

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Vertical Tabs

  • Kunze and Dowers' Response to Tom P. Rippeth et al.

    Finding no evidence for enhanced turbulence during vertical migration of acoustic backscatterers in 11 summertime turbulent dissipation rate time series, T. P. Rippeth et al. suggest that turbulent mixing by swimming marine organisms does not contribute significantly to mixing in coastal shelf seas. They conclude that our finding of elevated turbulence associated with vertically migrating swarms of krill (1) i...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.
  • Turbulent Dissipation of Coastal Seas

    E. Kunze et al. (22 Sept. 2006, p. 1770) report measurements of turbulent dissipation from a coastal inlet showing a period of much enhanced dissipation within the thermocline. In consequence of this one event, they estimate that the daily averaged mixing rate is raised by a factor ~100. As the enhancement is correlated with the dusk ascent of a dense acoustic scattering layer, they infer that the elevated mixing is du...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.

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