We would like to invite you to attend the special lecture, The power of the small: The emergent role of submesoscale turbulence in shaping ocean circulation and climate, delivered by alumnus Professor Alberto Naveira Garabato (PhD 1999) to celebrate 100 years of Ocean Studies.
Professor Garabato, Reader in Physical Oceanography at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, will argue that submesoscale turbulence is important in shaping ocean circulation in key places at the ocean’s boundaries, where the ocean interacts with other elements of the climate system.
Submesoscale turbulence is made up of oceanic currents with horizontal scales on the order of 1 km and time scales similar to one inertial period. This class of ocean flows has been traditionally ignored, because it is often less energetic than other types of ocean currents, and because it has only just started being partially resolved by some ocean circulation models in the last few years.
Professor Garabato will draw on three recent observational experiments at the ocean’s interface with the atmosphere, the cryosphere and the Earth’s topography – and show that, in all three cases, submesoscale turbulence governs a significant aspect of the ocean’s climatic role.
The lecture will take place on Tuesday 28 January 2020 at 4pm in the Jane Herdman Lecture Theatre, Jane Herdman Building, 4 Brownlow Street, Liverpool, L69 3GP.
This event is part of the year-long centenary celebrations. A closing lecture and dinner will take place on Saturday 19 September 2020 at the Maritime Museum in Liverpool so be sure to save the date.