Accession Number:

ADA624735

Title:

Topographic Waves on Slopes

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept.

Corporate Author:

WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MA DEPT OF PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2001-09-30

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

The guiding hypothesis is that the meandering of western boundary currents acts as a wavemaker in the ocean. The meanders are quite depth-independent and force mainly barotropic motions exterior to them. These motions propagate as low-frequency Rossby waves, and those to the north of the stream eventually become topographic Rossby waves as they begin to feel the bottom topography. We intend to study the effects of nonlinearities and steep topography on these waves as they shoal and refract.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE