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The lifecycle of topographically-generated internal waves


Musgrave, R and Pollmann, F and Kelly, S and Nikurashin, M, The lifecycle of topographically-generated internal waves, Ocean Mixing: Drivers, Mechanisms and Impacts, Elsevier, M Meredith and A Garabato (ed), Netherlands, pp. 117-144. ISBN 9780128215128 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-821512-8.00013-X


The dissipation and mixing associated with topographically generated internal waves form a critical component of ocean physics. In this chapter, we present a review of the basic components of their lifecycle, describing their generation, propagation, and interactions with mean flows, topography, and other internal gravity waves. Because of their established importance for ocean mixing, we focus on the distinct energy pathways towards dissipation of internal tides and lee waves. We close the chapter with a discussion of outstanding questions in this area of research.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:ocean mixing, topographic waves, lee waves, internal tides
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Physical oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Climate change models
UTAS Author:Nikurashin, M (Dr Maxim Nikurashin)
ID Code:146465
Year Published:2022
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP170102162)
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2021-09-08
Last Modified:2022-10-17

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