Turbulence in the presence of internal waves in the bottom boundary layer of the California inner shelf
Turbulence measurements were collected in the bottom boundary layer of the California inner shelf near Point Sal, CA, for 2 months during summer 2015. The water column at Point Sal is stratified by temperature, and internal bores propagate through the region regularly. We collected velocity, temperature, and turbulence data on the inner shelf at a 30-m deep site. We estimated the turbulent shear production (P), turbulent dissipation rate (ε), and vertical diffusive transport (T), to investigate the near-bed local turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) budget. We observed that the local TKE budget showed an approximate balance (P ≈ ε) during the observational period, and that buoyancy generally did not affect the TKE balance. On a finer resolution timescale, we explored the balance between dissipation and models for production and observed that internal waves did not affect the balance in TKE at this depth.
KeywordsTurbulence Turbulent kinetic energy Bottom boundary Inner shelf Point Sal Inner Shelf Experiment Internal waves
Portions of this work were performed while Rachel M. Allen participated in the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. The authors are appreciative of the able Captain and crew of the R/V Oceanus for enabling the successful deployment and recovery of the instrumentation used in this work.
Julian A. Simeonov and Joseph Calantoni were supported under base funding to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory from the Office of Naval Research. Platform support was provided by the Office of Naval Research, Code 322 Littoral Geosciences and Optics.
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