Observations of internal bores and waves of elevation on the New England inner continental shelf during summer 2001
Weller, Robert A.
MetadataShow full item record
During July–August 2001, oceanographic variability on the New England inner continental shelf was investigated with an emphasis on temporal scales shorter than tidal periods. Mooring and ship survey data showed that subtidal variation of inner shelf stratification was in response to regional Ekman upwelling and downwelling wind driven dynamics. High-frequency variability in the vertical structure of the water column at an offshore mooring site was linked to the baroclinic internal tide and the onshore propagation of nonlinear solitary waves of depression. Temperature, salinity, and velocity data measured at an inshore mooring detected a bottom bore that formed on the flood phase of the tide. During the ebb tide, a second bottom discontinuity and series of nonlinear internal waves of elevation (IWOE) formed when the water column became for a time under hydraulic control. A surface manifestation of these internal wave crests was also observed in aircraft remote sensing imagery. The coupling of IWOE formation to the offshore solitary waves packets was investigated through internal wave breaking criterion derived in earlier laboratory studies. Results suggested that the offshore solitons shoaled on the sloping shelf, and transformed from waves of depression to waves of elevation. The coupling of inshore bore formation to the offshore solitary waves and the possible impact of these periodic features on mixing on the inner shelf region are discussed.
Author Posting. © American Geophysical Union, 2005. This article is posted here by permission of American Geophysical Union for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Journal of Geophysical Research 110 (2005): C03020, doi:10.1029/2004JC002377.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
International marine science research projects : second inventory of international projects at Sea Grant institutions, 1990 Fenwick, Judith; Ross, David A.; Schramm, Cynthia T. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1991-03)This inventory of marine science projects at Sea Grant institutions was completed in order to gauge the level and enhance a database of U.S./foreign collaboration in international marine research initiated at U.S. Sea ...
Duda, Timothy F.; Newhall, Arthur E.; Gawarkiewicz, Glen G.; Caruso, Michael J.; Graber, Hans C.; Yang, Yiing Jiang; Jan, Sen (Sears Foundation for Marine Research, 2013-01-01)Internal gravity waves in an area northeast of Taiwan are characterized using data from multiple sensor types. The data set includes intermittent information collected from a ship and short time series from moorings. Modeled ...
South China Sea internal tide/internal waves-impact on the temporal variability of horizontal array gain at 276 Hz Orr, Marshall H.; Pasewark, Bruce H.; Wolf, Stephen N.; Lynch, James F.; Schroeder, Theodore; Chiu, Ching-Sang (IEEE, 2004-10)The temporal variability of the spatial coherence of an acoustic signal received on a bottomed horizontal array has been calculated for 276-Hz narrow-band signals. A conventional plane wave beamformer was applied to the ...