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Sources and Sinks of Ocean Mesoscale Eddy Energy

Tallahassee, FL


Ocean mesoscale eddies and their energy sources and sinks are a direct example of process-level understanding that contributes to our comprehension of climate variability and change as it relates to the ocean. The goal of this meeting was to advance our understanding of this topic by targeting scientists at the forefront of high-resolution modeling and research, development, and applications.

The specific objectives of the workshop included:

  • Reviewing recent theoretical and observational advances on the understanding of eddy-mediated energy exchanges.

  • Identifying future observations that could better constrain our estimation of these exchanges.

  • Guiding the representation of these exchanges in ocean circulation models through physical parameterizations.

At the workshop, new results from the JRA-55 (Japanese 55-year Reanalysis) dataset experiments provided the opportunity for comparison of climate- and high-resolution ocean models. Furthermore, the workshop provided a venue for new ideas and results from projects and missions related to this topic, including modeling and observations of balanced mesoscale eddies with submesoscale flows in the surface ocean, interactions with the internal wave field, status of subgrid-scale closures for eddying models, eddy dissipation along boundaries, among other recent advances.

This workshop was held in conjunction with a CLIVAR Ocean Model Development Panel (OMDP) meeting.


The workshop brought together scientists involved in ocean and climate modeling, research, and other related activities relevant to ocean mesoscale eddies. Limited travel support was available for early career scientists. The Organizing Committee reviewed abstracts and early career travel support requests and made its decisions in December.


The workshop focused the meeting's objectives over three days, including plenary sessions with a few invited talks, contributed presentations, poster sessions, breakout groups, and in-depth discussions.


A key outcome of the workshop was the interaction and information exchange among the participants. In addition, members of the organizing committee and others plan to publish an article in the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES), reviewing major research breakthroughs, outcomes, accomplishments, and future directions.

The organizing committee synthesized the workshop presentations and discussion to generate a report, jointly published by US CLIVAR and CLIVAR. The committee will also organize a joint edition of Variations/Exchanges coming soon.

Scientific Organizing Committee

Baylor Fox-Kemper, Brown U. (workshop co-chair)
Simon Marsland, CSIRO (workshop co-chair)
Eric Chassignet, Florida State U.
Enrique Curchitser, Rutgers U.
Stephen Griffies, NOAA GFDL
Ivonne Montes, Instituto Geofísico del Perú
Hyodae Seo, WHOI
Anne Marie Treguier, CNRS
Wilbert Weijer, Los Alamos National Lab. 

Program Organizing Committee

Jeff Becker (US CLIVAR)
Mike Patterson (US CLIVAR)

Workshop Sponsors

US CLIVAR    International CLIVAR









Workshop Host


Meeting Menu



Poster Gallery




Tuesday, March 12
08:30 – 17:00

Wednesday, March 13
08:30 – 17:00

Thursday, March 14
08:30 – 17:00