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Juan M. Restrepo : Wave-driven Ocean Circulation

After the sun, the oceans are the most significant contributor to our climate. Oceanic surface gravity waves are thought to have no influence on the global circulation of the oceans. However, oceanic surface gravity waves have a mean Lagrangian motion, the Stokes drift. This talk will present preliminary results that suggest that the dynamics of basin-scale oceanic currents are modified by the presence of the Stokes drift. In places where the Stokes drift is significant, it is possible that the ocean circulation, and hence climate, is not entirely well captured by present day models of the general circulation.

Special day: Thursday, 4pm, Room 120 Physics

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