Internal Waves on the Continental Margin
SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY LA JOLLA CA CENTER FOR COASTAL STUDIES
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The long-term goal is to describe and understand the changes that occur in internal waves as they evolve and propagate shoreward over the shelf break into shallow, near-shore waters. The objectives are to carry out fieldwork and to analyze the resulting data for a description of the fields of temperature and of vertical and horizontal velocity in shoaling internal waves with much finer spatial resolution and longer duration than previous descriptions to use this description to estimate the relative importance of dissipation, wave dispersion, shoaling depth and various types of nonlinearity in shoaling internal waves to construct a dynamically informed model of the observed wave field suitable for carrying offshore observations to stations nearer the shore and for studying wave induced secondary flows and particle paths. This work will constitute the Ph.D. thesis of graduate student Jim Lerczak.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography