Interaction of Non-Saturated Surface Gravity Waves with Internal Waves
PHYSICAL DYNAMICS INC BERKELEY CA
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The interaction of surface gravity waves with non-dispersive internal waves is studied by solving the equations of motion in a coordinate system moving with the time independent surface current system induced by the internal wave. A range of surface wavelengths is found which is reflected by the current system as seen in this coordinate system. In the ocean-fixed frame these waves are identified as waves which interact strongly with the internal waves and exchange energy with it. The effect on the surface wave pattern and the relation to surface slicks are discussed.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography