Mixing potential

From Glossary of Meteorology

mixing potential

The amount of turbulent mixing necessary to eliminate any static and dynamic instabilities in the atmosphere.

Because atmospheric circulations that include turbulent eddies have finite velocities, the actual amount of mixing that can occur during a finite time interval might be less than the mixing potential. Some nonlocal turbulence models parameterize the amount of turbulence as proportional to the mixing potential, where local as well as nonlocal instabilities are considered.
See responsive parameterization.