Articles | Volume 16, issue 5
Ocean Sci., 16, 1225–1246, 2020
Ocean Sci., 16, 1225–1246, 2020

Research article 23 Oct 2020

Research article | 23 Oct 2020

Properties and dynamics of mesoscale eddies in Fram Strait from a comparison between two high-resolution ocean–sea ice models

Claudia Wekerle et al.

Data sets

Ocean and sea ice circulation model results from Svalbard area (ROMS) J. Albretsen, T. Hattermann, and A. Sundfjord

Eddy-permitting and eddy-resolving simulations of the Fram Strait ocean dynamics with the Finite-Element Sea-Ice Ocean Model (FESOM), links to NetCDF files Claudia Wekerle, Qiang Wang, Wilken-Jon von Appen, Sergey Danilov, Vibe Schourup-Kristensen, and Thomas Jung

Short summary
The high-resolution ocean models ROMS and FESOM configured for the Fram Strait reveal very energetic ocean conditions there. The two main currents meander strongly and shed circular currents of water, called eddies. Our analysis shows that this region is characterised by small and short-lived eddies (on average around a 5 km radius and 10 d lifetime). Both models agree on eddy properties and show similar patterns of baroclinic and barotropic instability of the West Spitsbergen Current.