CFD application to oceanic mixed layer sampling with Lagrangian platforms

Tamay M. Özgökmen, Paul F. Fischer

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Frontal adjustment and restratification in oceanic mixed layers is one of the processes that is considered to be important in the ocean's multi-scale energy transfer, biogeochemical transport, air-sea interaction, acoustic propagation and naval operations. We summarise a CFD-based modelling approach to sample processes at an idealised mixed layer base using passive scalars and particles, given a subset of realistic constraints on these resources in field experiments. The results emphasise the effectiveness of Lagrangian platforms, in particular passive particles, for sampling rapidly evolving submesoscale oceanic fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-348
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics
Issue number6-8
StatePublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Lagrangian transport
  • ocean mixing
  • ocean sampling
  • relative dispersion
  • tracers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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