The thermodynamic balance of the Weddell Gyre

Abstract

The thermodynamic balance of the Weddell Gyre is assessed from an inverse estimate of the circulation across the gyre’s rim. The gyre experiences a weak net buoyancy gain that arises from a leading-order cancelation between two opposing contributions, linked to two cells of water mass transformation and diapycnal overturning. The lower cell involves a… (More)

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