Seasonal M2 Internal Tides in the Arabian Sea

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Internal tides play a crucial role in ocean mixing. To explore the seasonal features of mode-1 M2 internal tides in the Arabian Sea, we analyzed their propagation and energy distribution using along-track sea-level anomaly data collected by satellite altimeters. We identified four primary source regions of internal tides: Abd al Kuri Island, the Carlsberg Ridge, the northeastern Arabian Sea, and the Maldive Islands. The baroclinic signals that originate from Abd al Kuri Island propagate meridionally, whereas those originating from the west coast of India propagate southwestward. The strength and energy flux of the internal tides in the Arabian Sea exhibit significant seasonal and spatial variability. The internal tides generated during winter are more energetic and can propagate further than those generated in summer. Doppler shifting and horizontal variations in stratification can explain the differences in the internal tides’ seasonal distributions.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2823
JournalRemote Sensing
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 18 2021

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-07-29
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): CRG, URF/1/3408-01-01
Acknowledgements: This research was funded by the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) under the Competitive Research Grants (CRG) program (Grant # URF/1/3408-01-01).

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  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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