Ocean Mixing

Ocean Mixing

Drivers, Mechanisms and Impacts

1st Edition - September 16, 2021

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  • Editors: Michael Meredith, Alberto Garabato
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128215135
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128215128

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Ocean Mixing: Drivers, Mechanisms and Impacts presents a broad panorama of one of the most rapidly-developing areas of marine science. It highlights the state-of-the-art concerning knowledge of the causes of ocean mixing, and a perspective on the implications for ocean circulation, climate, biogeochemistry and the marine ecosystem. This edited volume places a particular emphasis on elucidating the key future questions relating to ocean mixing, and emerging ideas and activities to address them, including innovative technology developments and advances in methodology. Ocean Mixing is a key reference for those entering the field, and for those seeking a comprehensive overview of how the key current issues are being addressed and what the priorities for future research are. Each chapter is written by established leaders in ocean mixing research; the volume is thus suitable for those seeking specific detailed information on sub-topics, as well as those seeking a broad synopsis of current understanding. It provides useful ammunition for those pursuing funding for specific future research campaigns, by being an authoritative source concerning key scientific goals in the short, medium and long term. Additionally, the chapters contain bespoke and informative graphics that can be used in teaching and science communication to convey the complex concepts and phenomena in easily accessible ways.

Key Features

  • Presents a coherent overview of the state-of-the-art research concerning ocean mixing
  • Provides an in-depth discussion of how ocean mixing impacts all scales of the planetary system
  • Includes elucidation of the grand challenges in ocean mixing, and how they might be addressed


Physical Oceanographers at graduate level and above

Table of Contents

  • 1. Ocean mixing: oceanography at a watershed
    Alberto Naveira Garabato and Michael Meredith
    2. The role of ocean mixing in the climate system
    Angélique V. Melet, Robert Hallberg and David P. Marshall
    3. The role of mixing in the large-scale ocean circulation
    Casimir de Lavergne, Sjoerd Groeskamp, Jan Zika and Helen L. Johnson
    4. Ocean near-surface layers
    Baylor Fox-Kemper, Leah Johnson and Fangli Qiao
    5. The lifecycle of surface-generated near-inertial waves
    Leif N. Thomas and Xiaoming Zhai
    6. The lifecycle of topographically-generated internal waves
    Ruth Musgrave, Friederike Pollmann, Samuel Kelly and Maxim Nikurashin
    7. Mixing at the ocean’s bottom boundary
    Kurt L. Polzin and Trevor J. McDougall
    8. Submesoscale processes and mixing
    Jonathan Gula, John Taylor, Andrey Shcherbina and Amala Mahadevan
    9. Isopycnal mixing
    Ryan Abernathey, Anand Gnanadesikan, Marie-Aude Pradal and Miles A. Sundermeyer
    10.Mixing in equatorial oceans
    James N. Moum, Andrei Natarov, Kelvin J. Richards, Emily L. Shroyer and William D. Smyth
    11.Mixing in the Arctic ocean
    Yueng-Djern Lenn, Ilker Fer, Mary-Louise Timmermans and Jennifer A. MacKinnon
    12.Mixing in the Southern Ocean
    Sarah T. Gille, Katy L. Sheen, Sebastiaan Swart and Andrew F. Thompson
    13.The crucial contribution of mixing to present and future ocean oxygen distribution
    Marina Lévy, Laure Resplandy, Jaime B. Palter, Damien Couespel and Zouhair Lachkar
    14.New technological frontiers in ocean mixing
    Eleanor Frajka-Williams, J. Alexander Brearley, Jonathan D. Nash and Caitlin B. Whalen

Product details

  • No. of pages: 384
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: September 16, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128215135
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128215128

About the Editors

Michael Meredith

Professor Mike Meredith is an oceanographer and Science Leader at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in Cambridge, UK. He is head of the Polar Oceans team at BAS, which has research foci on determining the role of the polar oceans on global climate, the ice sheets, and the interdisciplinary ocean system. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Bristol, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a NERC Individual Merit Promotion (Band 2) scientist. He has published more than 200 papers in international journals, and was the inaugural Chair of the Southern Ocean Observing System. He led the design and delivery of the multi-institute ORCHESTRA programme, which is unravelling the role of the Southern Ocean in controlling global climate. He was recently coordinating lead author for the IPCC Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. In 2018, Mike was awarded the Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica, in recognition of his contributions to the study of the Southern Ocean and its global impacts, and the Challenger Medal, for his contributions to marine science.

Affiliations and Expertise

Oceanographer and Science Leader, British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Cambridge, UK

Alberto Garabato

Professor Alberto Naveira Garabato is an oceanographer interested in the processes governing ocean circulation and its role in climate. His group’s research focuses on unravelling the dynamics connecting the breadth of scales of oceanic flow— from small-scale turbulence to the basin-scale circulation—through the development and application of new approaches to measure the ocean. He holds a Chair of Physical Oceanography at the University of Southampton, and is an Honorary Fellow of the British Antarctic Survey. His work has been recognised with the Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award of the European Geosciences Union (2008), an Honorary Fellowship of the Challenger Society (2010), a Philip Leverhulme Prize (2010) and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award (2014). He was the lead proponent of the RoSES programme, which is assessing the role of the Southern Ocean in the global carbon cycle. He is the founding director of the NEXUSS Centre of Doctoral Training, which is training 45 PhD students at 10 UK institutions in the use of cutting-edge sensor and autonomous system technologies for environmental science.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Physical Oceanography, University of Southampton, and Director, NEXUSS Centre of Doctoral Training, Smart and Autonomous Observation of the Environment

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