Accession Number:

ADA165852

Title:

The Magnetic Effects of Shallow Water Internal Solitons

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY LA JOLLA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1986-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

51.0

Abstract:

Since internal waves are a common feature of the oceans, there has been some interest in computing their electromagnetic effects in order to assess their role in the oceanic electromagnetic environment. This report extends previous analyses to cover the electromagnetic effects of coastal internal wave packets. While no observations of the electromagnetic fields produced by them have been reported, the large amplitude of shallow water internal waves is expected to induce substantial electromagnetic anomalies. The report is organized into five sections. The next part contains a review of oceanographic observations of internal wave packets from both surface ships and satellite imagery. Section 3 outlines the hydrodynamic theory for nonlinear internal waves. Section 4 contains a derivation of expressions for the electromagnetic fields produces by an isolated internal soliton both at the seafloor and above the sea surface. The last part of the report contains a discussion of the theoretical results, including a detailed look at the predicted magnetic field using measured parameters from three well-documented occurrences of internal wave packets.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Electricity and Magnetism

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE