Articles | Volume 17, issue 1
Ocean Sci., 17, 365–381, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-17-365-2021
Ocean Sci., 17, 365–381, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-17-365-2021

Research article 19 Feb 2021

Research article | 19 Feb 2021

Structure and drivers of ocean mixing north of Svalbard in summer and fall 2018

Zoe Koenig et al.

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The Arctic Ocean is a major sink for heat and salt for the global ocean. Ocean mixing contributes to this sink by mixing the Atlantic and Pacific waters with surrounding waters. We investigate the drivers of ocean mixing north of Svalbard based on observations collected during two research cruises in 2018 as part of the Nansen Legacy project. We found that wind and tidal forcing are the main drivers and that 1 % of the Atlantic Water heat loss can be attributed to vertical turbulent mixing.