Mixing on the Black Sea shelf north of the Bosphorus

Gregg M., Ozsoy E.

GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, vol.26, no.13, pp.1869-1872, 1999 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 13
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Doi Number: 10.1029/1999gl900431
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1869-1872
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


Microstructure observations over the Black Sea shelf and slope north of the Bosphorus reveal a very small turbulent diapycnal diffusivity, K(rho) approximate to 10(-6) m(2) s(-1) in the Cold Intermediate Water during late summer, when winds are at their seasonal minimum. Recent modeling by Oguz et al. [1998] shows that only with such low diffusivity can the observed separation between dissolved oxygen, O(2), and hydrogen sulfide, H(2)S, be maintained. The measurements also provide a reference for mixing over continental shelves where tides are negligible and when winds are light.