The lifecycle of surface-generated near-inertial waves

Thomas, Leif and Zhai, Xiaoming (2021) The lifecycle of surface-generated near-inertial waves. In: Ocean Mixing - Drivers, Mechanisms and Impacts. Elsevier, pp. 95-115. ISBN 9780128215128

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Our current knowledge of the lifecycle of the most energetic surface-generated internal waves in the ocean, wind-driven near-inertial waves (NIWs), is reviewed. The review covers the three stages in a NIW's lifecycle: formation as near-inertial motions in the mixed layer by the winds, propagation into the ocean interior as a NIW, and demise through turbulent dissipation and mixing, wave-wave interactions, and/or absorption into mean flows. A main goal of the review is to provide an update of our understanding of the processes that influence the wind-work on near-inertial motions, and those that govern the interactions of NIWs with mesoscale eddies and fronts. The impacts of NIWs on ocean mixing, both in the vertical and horizontal, are discussed.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: internal waves,near-inertial waves,ocean mixing,wave-mean flow interactions,wind work,environmental science(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science > School of Natural Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2021 00:31
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 23:55
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-821512-8.00012-8

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