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Baroclinic Tides: Theoretical Modeling and Observational Evidence

Edited By: Vasiliy Vlasenko, Nataliya Stashchuk and Kolumban Hutter

376 pages, 167 line diagrams 11 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Aug 2012 | #198382 | ISBN-13: 9781107406322
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Hardback | Jul 2005 | #152593 | ISBN: 0521843952
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This book was first published in 2005. When an oceanic tidal wave that is primarily active on the water surface passes an ocean shelf or a region with a seamount, it is split into a less energetic surface wave and other internal modes with different wavelengths and propagation speeds. This cascading process, from the barotropic tides to the baroclinic components, leads to the transformation of tidal energy into turbulence and heat, an important process for the dynamics of the lower ocean. Baroclinic Tides demonstrates the analytical and numerical methods used to study the generation and evolution of baroclinic tides and, by comparison with experiments and observational data, shows how to distinguish and interpret internal waves. Strongly non-linear solitary internal waves, which are generated by internal tidal waves at the final stage of their evolution, are investigated in detail. This book is intended for researchers and graduate students of physical oceanography, geophysical fluid dynamics and hydroacoustics.


1. General background
2. Linear baroclinic tides over variable bottom topography
3. Combined effect of horizontal density gradient and bottom topography in the dynamics of linear baroclinic tides
4. Topographic generation of nonlinear baroclinic tides
5. Evolutionary stages of baroclinic tides
6. Generation mechanism at different background conditions
7. Three-dimensional effects of baroclinic tides

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Vasiliy Vlasenko is a senior lecturer in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Plymouth.

Nataliya Stashchuk is a researcher at the Institute of Mechanics of the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany.

Kolumban Hutter is Professor of Mechanics at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany.

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