mixed layer

noun Oceanography.
the surface layer of water, seasonally varying in thickness, that is at almost uniform temperature owing to agitation by waves and wind.
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Nutrients now available in the near surface permitted a considerable increase in mixed layer chlorophyll values.
Mixed layer heights exhibit strong diurnal patterns.
The wind also mixes surface waters creating what is called the mixed layer, where there is little vertical temperature change.
The dynamic ocean model is coupled to a thermodynamic energy loan ice model and uses a non-slab mixed layer formulation.
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