Energetics of tidally generated internal waves
2010 (English)In: Tellus. Series A, Dynamic meteorology and oceanography, ISSN 0280-6495, E-ISSN 1600-0870, Vol. 62, no 1, 71-79 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The generation of internal waves from barotropic tides can be quantiﬁed in terms of the conversion rates. These have often been obtained by applying the WKB approximation, which yields an expression for the conversion rates which is proportional to the seabed buoyancy frequency NB . For small values of NB or strong variations of the buoyancy proﬁle N (z), this gives unreliable results. Using homogenization theory it is here shown that the conversion rate instead depends on the value of N (z) averaged over a vertical region at the bottom of the same magnitude as the vertical length-scale of the internal wave, which for the lowest modes is of the same order as the entire ocean depth. This gives a substantially larger conversion rate.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 62, no 1, 71-79 p.
Tidal generation, WKB theory, Homogenization theory
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
Research subject Oceanography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-37760DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0870.2009.00415.xISI: 000272838100007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-37760DiVA: diva2:304966