MOAR internal waves from space!

Once again, I am going to profess my love for atmospheric scientists and the cool internal wave images they keep sending me.  Click  on the pic to an animation of giant internal waves propagating away from the mouth of the Amazon River!

MOAR INTERNAL WAVES! This time from the mouth of the Amazon (click the pic for the super awesome looped time lapse)

UPDATE:  I forgot to add that it is unclear what causes these waves.  Most likely they are tidally generated as they are seen all year long [1].  But there is a paper that argues that since they are so different from other tidally generated internal waves, other mechanisms might generate or modify these waves [2].

Hattip to my atmos BFF Steven Cavallo for the link.

[1] C. Jackson. Internal wave detection using the moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer (modis). J. Geophys. Res., 112(C11):C11012, 11 2007.

[2] P. Brandt, A. Rubino, and J. Fischer. Large-amplitude internal solitary waves in the north equatorial countercurrent. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 32(5):1567–1573, 2012/10/24 2002.

 

Kim Martini (89 Posts)

Kim is a Physical Oceanographer at the Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2010. Her goal in life is to throw expensive s**t in the ocean. When not at sea, she uses observations from moored, satellite and land-based instruments to understand the pathways that wind and tidal energy take from large (internal tides) to small scales (turbulence).





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