Stratified Coastal Trapped Waves and Mean Flows
COLORADO UNIV AT BOULDER
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Coastal waves and wave-generated mean flows are studied in a stratified, rotating model ocean. Waves trapped to the coast are generated by time-dependent flow over a sloping and irregular bottom. Short term goals of this study include quantifying the evolution of the vertical structure of the along-slope mean flow driven by non-linear interactions of the coastal trapped wave and damped by friction. In particular, the effects of stratification on the cross-slope overturning circulation will be examined.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography