Small-Scale Oceanic Turbulence

Chair: K.N. Federov (USSR)

Other Full Members: T.R. Osborn (USA), C. Cox (USA), C.H. Gibson (USA), J. Woods (FRG), M. Gregg (USA), C. Garrett (Canada), J.S. Turner (Australia), R. Ozmidov (USSR), and S. Panchev (Bulgaria)

Associate Members: S.A. Thorpe (UK) and E. Schumann (South Africa)

Terms of Reference

  • To review the results of in situ measurements of small-scale oceanic turbulence in the light of the design and performance of the instruments used.
  • To review conjectures relating various characteristics of the space-time distribution of small-scale turbulence in the ocean interior to specific sources of energy available there under various typical conditions of stratification and motion.
  • To consider the overall effects of small-scale turbulence on larger scale oceanic transports.
  • To design and encourage the implementation of experiments aimed at:
    • comparing the performance of different instruments
    • finding ways to remove instrumental bias
    • providing statistically significant tests of the most plausible conjectures
  • To organize in 1983-84 an international symposium on the small-scale turbulence in the interior of the ocean and to publish a carefully edited book containing its proceedings.

Financial Sponsors: SCOR


Small-scale turbulence and mixing in the ocean: A glossary. In: Small-Scale Turbulence and Mixing in the Ocean, C. J. Nihoul and B. M. Jamart, editors, Elsevier Oceanography Series, 46, Elsevier, New York, pp.3-10, Elsevier. (1988)