Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2018

Presentation information

[EE] Poster

A (Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences) » A-OS Ocean Sciences & Ocean Environment

[A-OS11] What we have learned about ocean mixing in the last decade

Mon. May 21, 2018 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall7, Makuhari Messe)

convener:Toshiyuki Hibiya(Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo), Louis St Laurent (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), Ren-Chieh Lien(None, 共同), Robin Ann Robertson (China-ASEAN College of Marine Science Xiamen University Malaysia)

[AOS11-P10] The evolution of mode-2 internal solitary waves modulated by background shear currents

*Peiwen Zhang1, Zhenhua Xu1,2, Qun Li3, Baoshu Yin1,2, Yijun Hou1,2, Antony Liu4 (1.Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2.Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, 3.Polar Research Institute of China, 4.Ocean University of China)

Keywords:Mode-2 Internal solitary wave, Background shear current, Evolution

The evolution process of mode–2 internal solitary waves modulated by the background shear currents was investigated numericallyˌ The mode–2 internal solitary waves were modulated by background shear currents which were set to overlap or offset the wave center¸ and the shear current provided a perturbation state generating forward-propagated long waves and amplitude-modulated wave packet¸ and then the oscillating tail was generated and followed the solitary waveˌ Forward–propagated long waves were robust to the offset and remained mostly unchanged in all casesˌ In contrast¸ oscillating tails and amplitude-modulated wave packet decreased in amplitude with increasing offsetˌ The highest dissipation rate was observed when overlap occurred. In the first 30 periods¸ nearly 36 percents of the total energy lost at an average rate of 9 W m–1¸ it would deplete the energy of the solitary wave in 4.5 h¸ corresponding to a propagation distance of 5 km¸ which is consistent with the hypothesis of Shroyer et al. 2010¸ who speculated that the mode–2 internal solitary waves are "short–lived" in the presence of shear currentsˌ