The dynamics of the Tasmanian continental shelf tidal and near-inertial wave field and their biological implications

Tamara Lillian Schlosser

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date17 Feb 2019
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019

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