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A Locally Generated High-Mode Nonlinear Internal Wave Detected on the Shelf of the Northern South China Sea From Marine Seismic Observations
Tang, QS; Xu, M; Zheng, C; Xu, X; Xu, J; tqsh@scsio.ac.cn; mxu@scsio.ac.cn
2018
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS
Volume123Issue:2Pages:1142-1155
AbstractIn this work, a secondary nonlinear internal wave (NIW) on the continental shelf of the northern South China Sea is investigated using high-resolution seismic imaging and joint inversion of water structure properties combined with in situ hydrographic observations. It is an extraordinary wave combination with two mode-2 NIWs and one elevated NIW occurring within a short distance of 2 km. The most energetic part of the NIW could be regarded as a mode-2 NIW in the upper layer between 40 and 120 m depth. The vertical particle velocity of approximate to 41 cm/s may exceed the critical value of wave breaking and thus collapse the strong stratification followed by a series of processes including internal wave breaking, overturning, Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, stratification splitting, and eventual restratification. Among these processes, the shear-induced Kelvin-Helmholtz instability is directly imaged using the seismic method for the first time. The stratification splitting and restratification show that the unstable stage lasts only for a few hours and spans several kilometers. It is a new observation that the elevated NIW could be generated in a deepwater region (as deep as approximate to 370 m). Different from the periodical NIWs originating from the Luzon Strait, this secondary NIW is most likely generated locally, at the continental shelf break during ebb tide.
Department[Tang, Qunshu; Xu, Min] South China Sea Inst Oceanol, CAS Key Lab Ocean & Marginal Sea Geol, Guangzhou, Guangdong, Peoples R China; [Zheng, Chan] South China Sea Inst Oceanol, Coll Math & Informat, Guangzhou, Guangdong, Peoples R China; [Xu, Xing] Guangzhou Marine Geol Survey, MLR Key Lab Marine Mineral Resources, Guangzhou, Guangdong, Peoples R China; [Xu, Jiang] Third Inst Oceanog, SOA Open Lab Ocean & Coast Geol, Xiamen, Peoples R China
Subject AreaOceanography
WOS Keywordinternal solitary wave ; Kelvin-Helmholtz instability ; internal wave breaking ; seismic oceanography
Funding ProjectMSG
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.scsio.ac.cn/handle/344004/17154
Collection中科院边缘海地质重点实验室
Corresponding Authortqsh@scsio.ac.cn; mxu@scsio.ac.cn
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Tang, QS,Xu, M,Zheng, C,et al. A Locally Generated High-Mode Nonlinear Internal Wave Detected on the Shelf of the Northern South China Sea From Marine Seismic Observations[J]. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS,2018,123(2):1142-1155.
APA Tang, QS.,Xu, M.,Zheng, C.,Xu, X.,Xu, J.,...&mxu@scsio.ac.cn.(2018).A Locally Generated High-Mode Nonlinear Internal Wave Detected on the Shelf of the Northern South China Sea From Marine Seismic Observations.JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS,123(2),1142-1155.
MLA Tang, QS,et al."A Locally Generated High-Mode Nonlinear Internal Wave Detected on the Shelf of the Northern South China Sea From Marine Seismic Observations".JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS 123.2(2018):1142-1155.
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