Computing Eddy-Driven Effective Diffusivity Using Lagrangian Particles

TitleComputing Eddy-Driven Effective Diffusivity Using Lagrangian Particles
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
Authors
Date Published11/2017
Abstract / Summary

A novel method to derive effective diffusivity from Lagrangian particle trajectory data sets is developed and then analyzed relative to particle-derived meridional diffusivity for eddy-driven mixing in an idealized circumpolar current. Quantitative standard dispersion- and transport-based mixing diagnostics are defined, compared and contrasted to motivate the computation and use of effective diffusivity derived from Lagrangian particles. The effective diffusivity is computed by first performing scalar transport on Lagrangian control areas using stored trajectories computed from online Lagrangian In-situ Global High- performance particle Tracking (LIGHT) using the Model for Prediction Across Scales Ocean (MPAS-O). The Lagrangian scalar transport scheme is compared against an Eulerian scalar transport scheme. Spatially-variable effective diffusivities are computed from resulting time-varying cumulative concentrations that vary as a function of cumulative area. The transport-based Eulerian and Lagrangian effective diffusivity diagnostics are found to be qualitatively consistent with the dispersion-based diffusivity. All diffusivity estimates show a region of increased subsurface diffusivity within the core of an idealized circumpolar current and results are within a factor of two of each other. The Eulerian and Lagrangian effective diffusivities are most similar; smaller and more spatially diffused values are obtained with the dispersion-based diffusivity computed with particle clusters.

DOI10.1016/j.ocemod.2017.08.008
Year of Publication: 2017
Date Published: 11/2017

A novel method to derive effective diffusivity from Lagrangian particle trajectory data sets is developed and then analyzed relative to particle-derived meridional diffusivity for eddy-driven mixing in an idealized circumpolar current. Quantitative standard dispersion- and transport-based mixing diagnostics are defined, compared and contrasted to motivate the computation and use of effective diffusivity derived from Lagrangian particles. The effective diffusivity is computed by first performing scalar transport on Lagrangian control areas using stored trajectories computed from online Lagrangian In-situ Global High- performance particle Tracking (LIGHT) using the Model for Prediction Across Scales Ocean (MPAS-O). The Lagrangian scalar transport scheme is compared against an Eulerian scalar transport scheme. Spatially-variable effective diffusivities are computed from resulting time-varying cumulative concentrations that vary as a function of cumulative area. The transport-based Eulerian and Lagrangian effective diffusivity diagnostics are found to be qualitatively consistent with the dispersion-based diffusivity. All diffusivity estimates show a region of increased subsurface diffusivity within the core of an idealized circumpolar current and results are within a factor of two of each other. The Eulerian and Lagrangian effective diffusivities are most similar; smaller and more spatially diffused values are obtained with the dispersion-based diffusivity computed with particle clusters.

DOI: 10.1016/j.ocemod.2017.08.008
Citation:
2017.  "Computing Eddy-Driven Effective Diffusivity Using Lagrangian Particles."  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocemod.2017.08.008.