Moored and Towed Measurements of Lee Waves at West Mariana Ridge
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego La Jolla United States
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We are interested in the general problems of internal waves and ocean mixing. Breaking of internal waves is the main cause for ocean mixing away from surface forcing. Knowledge of processes that lead to generation and breaking of internal waves is important for advancing the performance of operational and climate models. A special type of internal waves are lee waves, generated as low frequency currents interact with the bottom topography. The research described here will advance the understanding of how internal lee waves are generated, their radiation and breaking and the associated turbulent mixing.