This video presents my numerical model of an idealized Southern Ocean in the context of the real Southern Ocean meridional overturning circulation (MOC). It begins with the schematic view of the MOC (inspired by a figure in Speer et al., 2000). The camera then rotates to reveal the 3D geometry and forcing of the model. The buoyancy (i.e. temperature) field from the model spinup is animated in order to show the baroclinic instability and mesoscale turbulence that develop. Finally, the true MOC diagnosed from the model is revealed, highlighting the similarity with the schematic view.

The animation was made using Apple Motion. The graphics from the model were output from Matlab.

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Ocean Dynamics

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Visualizations of ocean circulation.

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