Modal decomposition of tidally-forced internal waves (reconstructed from timeseries data)

  • Author / Creator
    Kaminski, Alexis K.
  • An algorithm is presented that disentangles the temporal and spatial structure of polychromatic internal wave fields generated through tidal conversion without a-priori knowledge of the topographic details. This spatial structure is relevant in estimating the location of ocean mixing. Using the (J+1) forcing frequencies associated with the wave field, a 2(J +1)×2(J +1) system is solved yielding, mode-by-mode, the frequency-specific mode strengths γjn or normalized mode strength ratios γjn/|γj1|, where j = 0, . . . , J. Both linear and nonlinear stratifications are considered. Synthetic data at laboratory and oceanographic length scales are used for verification. Excellent agreement is seen between recovered mode strengths and theoretical values from the synthetic data when using exact forcing frequencies. When forcing frequencies are determined via fast Fourier transform, the agreement is slightly less robust, with up to 18% error, although qualitative trends are still well captured. The algorithm may therefore be extended to problems of internal wave generation beyond tidal conversion.

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    Fall 2012
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    Master of Science
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