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Aegean Sea

Working in the Aegean Sea with oceanographer Mike Gregg (APL/UW) and our Greek colleagues at the Hellenic Center for Marine Research offered a unique chance to investigate internal waves and mixing in a region with very rugged bathymetry and negligible tides. Owing to the complicated dynamics producing mixing in shallow water, the best approach was to remove one of the major forcing variables. Lacking tides, internal waves in the Aegean should be forced primarily by the wind and in some places secondarily by low frequency flows, such as the eddies revealed by the drifter tracks in earlier studies by Don Olson.

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