Accession Number:

ADA612670

Title:

Internal Waves and Mixing in the Aegean Sea

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept.

Corporate Author:

WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE APPLIED PHYSICS LAB

Report Date:

2006-09-30

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

LONG-TERM GOALS To identify the major processes producing mixing in the upper ocean and to understand their dynamics sufficiently well to permit accurate parameterization of mixing for use in numerical models. OBJECTIVES This project was designed to understand how the very rugged and irregular bathymetry in the Aegean Sea modifies the internal wave field and the mixing it produces. Because tides are weak throughout the Mediterranean, mixing produced by internal waves should stand out, unlike the situation on the U.S. coasts, where tidal currents generate a significant fraction of the mixing. Going to a place where one of the two major processes is weak should allow us to understand better the role of internal waves, e.g., how much of the mixing observed close to sloping bottoms results from scattering of internal waves

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE