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Intense ocean turbulence discovered near sea floor in equatorial Pacific, Stanford scientists say

R/V Oceanus
Pavan Vutukur
Feb 22 2016
Fellow, Research, Stanford

The findings could help solve an outstanding mystery about the circulation of the world's oceans and help improve future climate forecasts.

Waves crashing on the equatorial seafloor generate centimeter-scale turbulence that is crucial for driving ocean circulation on a global scale, Stanford scientists say.

The findings, presented this week at the annual American Geophysical Union Ocean Sciences conference and recently published online in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, could eventually be incorporated into global climate simulations to improve future climate forecasts.

Study co-author Ryan Holmes was a 2012 Robert and Marvel Kirby Stanford Graduate Fellow.

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