Journal Highlights

Seismic Oceanography's Failure to Flourish: A Possible Solution

Commentary—

A recent paper in Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans used multichannel seismic observations to map estimates of internal wave mixing in the Gulf of Mexico, finding greatly enhanced mixing over the slope region. These results suggest that the ocean margins may supply the mixing required to close the global thermohaline circulation, and the techniques demonstrated here might be used to map mixing over much of the world's continental shelves. The use of multichannel seismics to image ocean phenomena is nearly 15 years old, and despite the initial promise, the techniques have not become as broadly used as initially expected. We discuss possible reasons for this, and suggest an alternative approach that might gain broader success. More…

-- B. R. Ruddick,