Seasonal differences in the evolution of damped basin-scale internal waves in a shallow stratified lake

Shimizu, Kenji, and Jörg Imberger

Limnol. Oceanogr., 55(3), 2010, 1449-1462 | DOI: 10.4319/lo.2010.55.3.1449

ABSTRACT: The evolution of damped basin-scale internal waves was investigated using a modal analysis for layer-stratified rotating lakes. A simple model for homogeneous oscillatory boundary layers was incorporated into the modal analysis to predict damping rates of individual internal-wave modes, enabling the prediction of their evolution under wind forcing and bottom friction. Application of the method to Lake Kinneret indicated a different dynamic balance in summer and spring, despite the continuous presence of large amplitude internal waves in the two seasons. In summer, strong diurnal winds continuously excited the dominant Kelvin waves, but the relatively strong damping (e-folding damping times ~ 3 d) suppressed their amplitudes. In spring, wind forcing was again strong, but intermittent, and it was weaker damping (e-folding damping times ~ 10 d) that allowed the dominant Poincare´ waves to persist until the next wind event. The significant difference in the damping times was due to the difference in the periods and the structure of the internal waves as well as the bottom boundary-layer thickness, which limited the Ekman transport and energy dissipation within the boundary layer.

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