The distribution of turbulent mixing in the ocean affects the transport of heat, freshwater, dissolved gasses, nutrients and pollutants. In turn these influence or control biological productivity, air-sea exchanges, regional and global scale circulation patterns, local weather and future climate. The goal of the 2020 Ocean Mixing GRC is to bring together disparate groups to identify and describe critical elements of mixing physics that are most important in reducing the uncertainty in model predictions on all scales - spanning from rapid, small-scale dynamics to multi-decade, global impacts. We seek to bring together observational, theoretical, experimental, and numerical communities to develop new approaches to both advance our understanding and to tackle applied problems that have most societal relevance.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. Please check back regularly for updates to this information.
- The Evolving Perspective of Ocean Mixing: Certainties, Uncertainties and Impacts
- Physics Near the Ice-Ocean Interface: Mixing in Ice-Influenced Oceans
- Physics Near the Ice-Ocean Interface: Mixing Beneath Ice Shelves, in Fjords and Near Sea Ice
- Mixing in the Interior: Internal Waves and the Next Generation of Parameterizations
- Upper-Ocean Mixing and Impacts on Biogeochemistry
- Mesoscale and Submesoscale Processes: Eddies, Eddy-Wave Interactions and Nonlinear Coupling
- Mixing and Its Role in Climate Dynamics
- Mixing at the Bottom
- Pathways to Reducing Uncertainty