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Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 24, 189-202, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-24-189-2017
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03 May 2017
Trajectory encounter volume as a diagnostic of mixing potential in fluid flows
Irina I. Rypina and Lawrence J. Pratt

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Fluid parcels exchange water properties when coming into contact with each other, leading to mixing. The trajectory encounter volume, defined here as the volume of fluid that passes close to a reference trajectory over a finite time interval, is introduced as a measure of the mixing potential of a flow. Regions with a low encounter volume (the cores of coherent eddies) have a low mixing potential. Regions with a large encounter volume (turbulent or chaotic regions) have a high mixing potential.
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