|Fig. 1 Southern Ocean|
|Fig. 2 Direction of ACC Flow|
Using the TEOS-10 concepts of Conservative Temperature (CT) and Absolute Salinity (SA) researchers can plumb the ocean depths in ways that were not available prior to TEOS-10.
This is important because the Second Law of Thermodynamics, among other things, indicates that hot flows to cold (heat flows to areas with less heat until equilibrium is reached).
|Fig. 3 CT|
In one realm within Oceanography, which deals with the place where seawater causes glaciers to melt, this is an important consideration (Antarctica 2.0 - 11).
It is a breakthrough to realize that this "ocean heat" transfer is a function of infrared photon flow from the molecules in seawater into the molecules of glacial ice.
This infrared photon flow takes place with and without direct water/ice contact, just as you can feel the heat of a fireplace without actually touching the flames (the heat is flowing from hot to cold by way of radiating infrared photons which exit the molecules of the burning wood in the fireplace to enter the molecules of your body).
|Fig. 4 (ho)|
In today's post we are considering those dynamics as they apply to the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica (see Fig. 1 and Fig. 2).
Two sets of graphs are also presented in Appendix IceMelt and Appendix IceMelt Fill which graph the Conservative Temperature (CT) in the ocean water around the glacial grounding lines as well as the CT values at which the glacial ice melts at different Pelagic Depths.
There are also four graphs (Fig. 3, Fig. 4, Fig. 5, and Fig. 6) which show the patterns of CT, Potential Enthalpy (ho), photon quantity (mols), and their proportional pattern (Qp).
|Fig. 5 Photon Count|
The gist of it is that TEOS-10 contains the refined scientific formulas that allow exploration of thermal dynamics in seawater based upon the in situ measurements taken with CTD instruments.
Particularly interesting is "Potential Enthalpy" (ho).
As Dr. McDougal and Dr. Barker show with the Teos-10 function "gsw_potential_enthalpy" and the paper Potential Enthalpy: A Conservative Oceanic Variable for Evaluating Heat Content and Heat Fluxes
(McDougall 2003, EGU 2021), it is proper to call ho "ocean heat".
|Fig. 6 Quantum Proportion (Qp)|
For additional clarity, the conceptual and thermal linkage patterns of CT, ho, and photon count is detailed on one graph as Quantum Proportion (Qp),
This proportional pattern, as shown (Fig. 6), matches the individual patterns in Fig. 3, Fig. 4, and Fig. 5.
The logical relation among CT, ho, and quantity of infrared photons (mols/kg) is a natural proportion, because the CT pattern is linked to the amount of ocean heat, which is stored in the seawater molecules as infrared photons.
That is the essence of Quantum Oceanography in terms of how ocean heat is transferred a la the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
The "take home" meaning is that heat is not just transferred by ocean currents, it is also transferred by infrared photon radiation.
For example, ocean heat flows from seawater into glacial ice whether the seawater molecules are in direct proximity ("direct contact") with glacial ice molecules or whether they are further away.
Infrared photons travel through space like solar infrared heat radiation (as photons) travels through space to the Earth.
No direct contact is required.
A closing hypothesis:
Ocean model calculations as well as white-board non-quantum calculations concerning heat transfer (via hO) from the seawater into the glacial ice are likely to underestimate the melting of the ice unless they consider a sort of hidden 'game changer'.
That is, the photons from the seawater can radiate from three atoms (two hydrogen, one oxygen) in H2O molecules, but also from even more atoms in the molecules of the 'salinity' (SA) elements (Cl−, Na+, SO24−, Mg2+, Ca2+, and K+).
Thus, the seawater-originating photons radiate into the glacial ice that generally contains only H2O molecules, i.e. no 'salinity'.
This increases the hO of the ice and diminishes the hO of the seawater, but the total potential enthalpy (ice hO + seawater hO) is constant.
Nevertheless, more photons ('heat') end up in the glacial ice H2O than were in the seawater H2O due to the 'additional' photons emanating from the 'salinity' quanta portion of seawater.
Just sayin' ...