High-frequency internal waves in the littoral zone of a large lake

Lorke, Andreas, Frank Peeters, Erich Bäuerle

Limnol. Oceanogr., 51(4), 2006, 1935-1939 | DOI: 10.4319/lo.2006.51.4.1935

ABSTRACT: Observations in the littoral zone of a large lake (Lake Constance) revealed strong and periodic fluctuations of temperature and current velocity on timescales between 10 and 15 min associated with high-frequency internal waves. The peak in the spectral energy of the current velocity fluctuations associated with high-frequency internal waves follows the seasonal dynamics of stratification, described by the stability frequency N. A comparison between the nearshore current velocity measurements in the littoral zone with temperature measurements in the pelagic of Lake Constance revealed a strong coupling between the occurrence of high-frequency internal waves in the littoral zone and the passage of the basin-scale internal Kelvin wave with a period of about 4 d.

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