publication . Article . 2014

How well-connected is the surface of the global ocean?

Froyland, G; Stuart, RM; van Sebille, E;
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  • Published: 01 Sep 2014 Journal: Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, volume 24, page 33,126 (issn: 1054-1500, eissn: 1089-7682, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: AIP Publishing
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
The Ekman dynamics of the ocean surface circulation is known to contain attracting regions such as the great oceanic gyres and the associated garbage patches. Less well-known are the extents of the basins of attractions of these regions and how strongly attracting they are. Understanding the shape and extent of the basins of attraction sheds light on the question of the strength of connectivity of different regions of the ocean, which helps in understanding the flow of buoyant material like plastic litter. Using short flow time trajectory data from a global ocean model, we create a Markov chain model of the surface ocean dynamics. The surface ocean is not a cons...
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free text keywords: Oceanography, Classical mechanics, Downwelling, Markov process, symbols.namesake, symbols, Mathematics, Ocean gyre, geography.geographical_feature_category, geography, Flow (psychology), Climatology, Marine pollution, Markov chain, Garbage, Trajectory
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publication . Article . 2014

How well-connected is the surface of the global ocean?

Froyland, G; Stuart, RM; van Sebille, E;