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Global maps of internal tide generation and dissipation
The dataset consists of global two-dimensional maps of internal tide energy sources and sinks, at half-degree horizontal resolution.
Estimated energy sources are provided for the three most energetic tidal constituents: M2, S2 and K1. They are decomposed into vertical normal modes. Units are Watts per square meter.
Estimated energy sinks are provided for each of M2, S2 and K1 and for 'All constituents'. 'All constituents' is an extrapolation to the eight most energetic tidal constituents, obtained as a weighted sum of M2, S2 and K1 fields. Energy sinks are depth-integrated and decomposed into five process contributions: (i) local dissipation of high modes; (ii) dissipation of low modes via wave-wave interactions; (iii) dissipation of low modes via scattering by abyssal hills; (iv) dissipation of low modes via critical reflection; (v) dissipation of low modes via shoaling. Units are Watts per square meter.
Methods and documentation can be found in the following publication: de Lavergne, C., Falahat, S., Madec, G., Roquet, F., Nycander, J., Vic, C. Toward global maps of internal tide energy sinks. Ocean Modelling, 137, 52-75 (2019). doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2019.03.010. Provided maps of energy sinks correspond to the reference (REF) experiment described in the article.
ocean mixing, internal tides, energy dissipation, parameterization
90N, -90S, 180E, -180W