The storm track of Antarctic Circumpolar Current

Master Thesis subject (30 ECTS)
The Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) transports an enormous quantity of water around the Southern Ocean. Instability of this strong flow produces a rich field of energetic eddies along the path of the ACC. The eddies play an important role in transporting heat polewards across the ACC, as well as in the main process by which carbon is sequestered in the Southern Ocean. The sheer size of the Southern Ocean and the small size of the eddies at such high latitudes, however, makes it computationally impossible to resolve these processes in global climate models. This project will investigate the possibility of parameterising the eddy field by applying a theory previously used to predict the atmospheric storm track.
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Reference Number: RP-47691