Publication Date

Fall 2019

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

Advisor

Tom . Connolly

Keywords

Internal waves, ocean mixing, ocean observing systems, physical oceanography, submarine canyons, time series analysis

Subject Areas

Physical oceanography

Abstract

Submarine canyons are prominent bathymetric features in the ocean and in addition to

being interesting geological regions, submarine canyons are associated with important

physical processes in the ocean. Internal wave reflection from sloping boundaries can

cause strong mixing in the turbulent boundary layers near sloping topography. Boundary

mixing driven by internal waves may account for a significant portion of the overall

oceanic vertical mixing. By observing internal waves using three cabled ADCPs at three

sites in and around Barkley Submarine Canyon in spring pre-upwelling, and summer

upwelling periods, this thesis has established a strong canyon effect on the internal wave

field. We have also found a seasonal effect in the internal wave field, with all sites

showing a reduction of energy at the M2 period from spring to summer. Finally, this

thesis found that internal waves affect the vertical structure of the water columns via

bottom intensification. This is likely attributed to the downward propagation of energy

associated with the upward phase propagation shown in the M2 harmonics

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