Modulations of surface wave energy over near-inertial time scales

Sean R. White, Lynn K. Shay

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The modulations of the surface wave energies over near-inertial time scales induced by TC Lili are analyzed. These modulations have similarities to the surface height changes due to the vertically-integrated mass divergence as shown by numerical simulations from a 17-level model with a free-surface boundary condition (SC). By including a free-surface in a 3-dimensional model, where both barotropic and baroclinic modes exist, SC found in a rotating, stratified shear-flow show that there is an interaction between the barotropic trough and the baroclinic response which induces surface elevation changes over near-inertial periods. SC showed near-inertial motions resulted from the geostrophic adjustment of the barotropic trough.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages2
StatePublished - Jul 14 2004
Event26th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorolgy - Miami, FL., United States
Duration: May 3 2004May 7 2004


Other26th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorolgy
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMiami, FL.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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