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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Abstract

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
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2021 00:31
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2021 17:39
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/81472
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-821512-8.00012-8

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