Articles | Volume 15, issue 6
Ocean Sci., 15, 1531–1543, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-15-1531-2019
Ocean Sci., 15, 1531–1543, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-15-1531-2019
Research article
22 Nov 2019
Research article | 22 Nov 2019

The life cycle of submesoscale eddies generated by topographic interactions

Mathieu Morvan et al.

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The Persian Gulf Water and Red Sea Water are salty and dense waters recirculating in the Gulf of Oman and the Gulf of Aden, in the form of small features. We study the life cycle of intense and small vortices and their impact on the spread of Persian Gulf Water and Red Sea Water by using idealized numerical simulations. Small vortices are generated along the continental slopes, drift away, merge and form larger vortices. They can travel across the domain and participate in the tracer diffusion.