We investigate the dynamics of diurnal coastal-trapped waves and near-inertial waves on the Tasmanian Eastern Continental Shelf, where the local Coriolis frequency is separable from the diurnal frequency. Over the 18-days we sampled, the shelf was windy, had a mixed surface tide, was stratified, and velocities were dominated by a baroclinic background current. Although both tidal and near-inertial processes were energetic, our analysis indicates only the near-inertial motion within the surface mixed layer led to increased vertical nitrate fluxes and enhanced primary productivity. The background current had a large influence on both the wave dynamics and shelf productivity.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||17 Feb 2019|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2019|