Consistency Relations for Internal Waves

Müller, P. and Siedler, Gerold (1976) Consistency Relations for Internal Waves Deep Sea Research and Oceanographic Abstracts, 23 (7). pp. 613-628. DOI 10.1016/0011-7471(76)90004-8,.

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A complete set of linearly independent relationships among the different cross spectral components obtained from pairs of moored instruments is derived which can be utilized to test whether or not the observed fluctuations within the internal wave frequency band represent a field of propagating internal waves. A further complete set of relationships is derived which enables to test whether or not the internal wave field is horizontally isotropic and (or) vertically symmetric. These relations are compared with corresponding relations for alternative models (standing internal wave modes, three-dimensional isotropic turbulence) and their capability to discriminate between the various models is investigated. The tests are applied to a set of data for which it is found that the observed fluctuations are consistent with both propagating and standing internal waves whereas isotropic turbulence must be rejected for the most part of the internal wave frequency band.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Physical Oceanography; internal waves
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-PO Physical Oceanography
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1016/0011-7471(76)90004-8,
ISSN: 0011-7471
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2012 09:45
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2018 14:10

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