Internal tidal dynamics are investigated southeast of Malta in the central Mediterranean using temperature, salinity, and current data from moorings on the shelf, slope, and deep sea. The greatest variability below the mixed surface layer and the sharp thermocline (below 60 m) is at the diurnal K1 tidal frequency, with the signal being significantly enhanced from the deep sea to the shelf and being fortnightly modulated. Harmonic analysis shows that the diurnal vertical displacements at the shelf break can reach an amplitude of 15–25 m at 160 m depth. The corresponding vertical velocities are ~0.1–0.2 cm s 1. Horizontal currents are maximum (10–15 cm s 1) at about the same depth. They rotate clockwise and counterclockwise above and below ~160 m, respec- tively. The internal K1 tidal signal is interpreted as a northwestward propagating shelf wave with a phase ve- locity close to 1 m s 1 and a wavelength of the order of 100 km. Horizontal and vertical currents at semi-diurnal (M2) frequency are much smaller (less than 2–3 cm s 1and ~0.02 cm s 1, respectively)

Observations of internal tidal dynamics Southwest of Malta in the central Mediterranean Sea / Poulain P.-M.; Oddo P.; Pennucci G.; Lewis C.; Sliwka J.; Duda T.F.; Drago A.. - In: CONTINENTAL SHELF RESEARCH. - ISSN 0278-4343. - ELETTRONICO. - 254:(2023), pp. 1-16. [10.1016/j.csr.2022.104922]

Observations of internal tidal dynamics Southwest of Malta in the central Mediterranean Sea

Oddo P.;
2023

Abstract

Internal tidal dynamics are investigated southeast of Malta in the central Mediterranean using temperature, salinity, and current data from moorings on the shelf, slope, and deep sea. The greatest variability below the mixed surface layer and the sharp thermocline (below 60 m) is at the diurnal K1 tidal frequency, with the signal being significantly enhanced from the deep sea to the shelf and being fortnightly modulated. Harmonic analysis shows that the diurnal vertical displacements at the shelf break can reach an amplitude of 15–25 m at 160 m depth. The corresponding vertical velocities are ~0.1–0.2 cm s 1. Horizontal currents are maximum (10–15 cm s 1) at about the same depth. They rotate clockwise and counterclockwise above and below ~160 m, respec- tively. The internal K1 tidal signal is interpreted as a northwestward propagating shelf wave with a phase ve- locity close to 1 m s 1 and a wavelength of the order of 100 km. Horizontal and vertical currents at semi-diurnal (M2) frequency are much smaller (less than 2–3 cm s 1and ~0.02 cm s 1, respectively)
2023
Observations of internal tidal dynamics Southwest of Malta in the central Mediterranean Sea / Poulain P.-M.; Oddo P.; Pennucci G.; Lewis C.; Sliwka J.; Duda T.F.; Drago A.. - In: CONTINENTAL SHELF RESEARCH. - ISSN 0278-4343. - ELETTRONICO. - 254:(2023), pp. 1-16. [10.1016/j.csr.2022.104922]
Poulain P.-M.; Oddo P.; Pennucci G.; Lewis C.; Sliwka J.; Duda T.F.; Drago A.
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