The Structure of Near-Inertial Waves during Ocean Storms Public Deposited

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  • Current meter data from two sites were analyzed for near-inertial motions generated by storm during the ten-month period of the Ocean Storms Experiment in the northeast Pacific Ocean. The most striking feature of the inertial wave response to storms was the almost instantaneous generation of waves in the mixed layer, followed by a gradual propagation into the thermocline that often lasted many days after the initiation of the storm. The propagation of near-inertial waves generated by three storms in October, January, and March was studied by using group propagation theory based on the WKB approximation. It was found that wave frequencies were slightly superinertial, with inertial shifts 1%–3% in October and March and around 1% in January. The phase of near-inertial currents propagated upward below the mixed layer, confirming the downward radiation of energy by these waves. The average downward energy flux during the storm periods was between 0.5 and 2.8 mW m⁻². The vertical wavelengths indicated by the vertical phase differences ranged from 150 to 1500 m. The vertical group velocity was estimated from the arrival times of the groups at successive depths. Using this in the dispersion relation, horizontal wavelengths ranging from 140 to 410 km were obtained. A relation between density and velocity that gives the horizontal directionality of internal waves was derived. During the storm periods examined, the propagation directions of near-inertial waves mainly lay between northeast and south, indicating sources west of moorings. The directions tended to rotate clockwise with increasing depth, consistent with the expected effect of the earth's curvature. The estimated horizontal wavelength and propagation direction were consistent with the horizontal phase difference between inertial currents at the two sites.
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  • Qi, Hongbo, Roland A. De Szoeke, Clayton A. Paulson, Charles C. Eriksen, 1995: The Structure of Near-Inertial Waves during Ocean Storms. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 25, 2853–2871.
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