A dominant near-inertial internal wave field on the Tasmanian Continental Shelf

Tamara Schlosser, Nicole Jones, Cynthia Bluteau, A.J. Lucas, Gregory Ivey

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The Tasmanian Eastern Continental Shelf (TECS) has a complex internal wave field forced by surface tides and wind. To quantify these flow fields, we deployed three traditional moorings and two autonomous profilers on a transect across the relatively narrow shelf for 18 days in February 2015. These moorings provided temperature and velocity measurements through the water column. Harmonic analysis of the observed velocities indicates that time varying near-inertial waves are an order of magnitude more energetic than internal tides and dominate the internal wave field. We link variations in near-inertial wave velocities to variations in the surface wind stress.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference
EditorsGreg Ivey, Nicole Jones, Tongming Zhou
PublisherAustralian Fluid Mechanics Society
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781740523776
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference - University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Duration: 5 Dec 20168 Dec 2016
Conference number: 20


Conference20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference
Abbreviated titleAFMC
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