Diurnal-period internal waves near Point Conception, California

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Cudaback, C. N., & McPhee-Shaw, E. (2009). Diurnal-period internal waves near Point Conception, California. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 83(3), 349-359. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2008.12.018
TitleDiurnal-period internal waves near Point Conception, California
AuthorsC. Cudaback, E. McPhee-Shaw
AbstractDiurnal-period internal waves were observed near Point Conception California, using an array of moorings extending 120 km along the inner shelf. The waves have an along-shelf coherence scale of at least 50 km, and appear to propagate nearly straight onshore. Wave amplitudes vary over time, depending on thermal stratification and the amplitude of the diurnal sea breeze oscillation. Barotropic tides and vorticity over the mid-shelf are not correlated with internal wave amplitude. Large amplitude internal waves, with supercritical Froude numbers, are observed in mid-summer. Although such waves may drive vertical mixing and cross-shelf transport of passive particles, there is no significant correlation between wave amplitude and invertebrate settlement in the Santa Barbara Channel. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
JournalEstuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
Start page349
End page359
Subjectsbarotropic tide, diurnal variation, internal wave, larval settlement, larval transport, mooring system, sea breeze, sea surface temperature, stratification, vertical mixing, vorticity, California, North America, Point Conception, Santa Barbara Channel, United States, Invertebrata
NoteCited By (since 1996):7, Oceanography, CODEN: ECSSD