Internal tide modelling and the influence of wind effects.

Hall, P.; Davies, A. M.. 2007 Internal tide modelling and the influence of wind effects. Continental Shelf Research, 27 (9). 1357-1377.

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Initially the development of shallow sea three-dimensional barotropic tidal models is briefly reviewed with a view to determining what were the key measurements that allowed progress in this field and rigorous model validation. Subsequently this is extended to a brief review of baroclinic tidal models to try to determine a “way forward” for baroclinic model development. The difficulty of high spatial variability, and wind influence are identified as possibly important issues that must be considered in validating baroclinic tidal models. These are examined using a three-dimensional unstructured grid model of the M2 internal tide on the shelf edge region off the west coast of Scotland. The model is used to investigate the spatial variability of the M2 internal tide, and associated turbulence energy and mixing in the region. Initial calculations are performed with tidal forcing only, with subsequent calculations briefly examining how the tidal distribution is modified by down-welling and up-welling favourable winds. Calculations with tidal forcing only, show that there is significant spatial variability in the internal tide and associated mixing in the region. In addition, these are influenced by wind effects which may have to be taken into account in any model validation exercise. The paper ends by discussing the comprehensive nature of data sets that need to be collected to validate internal tidal models to the same level currently attained with three dimensional barotropic tidal models.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: Other/Admin
POL Programmes > Modelling and observation systems for shelf seas > Advanced numerical model developments
ISSN: 0278-4343
Format Availability: Electronic, Print
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
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Date made live: 31 Jul 2007 10:43 +0 (UTC)

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