Izvestiya, Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics

, Volume 52, Issue 9, pp 951–960 | Cite as

Monitoring short-period internal waves in the White Sea

  • A. V. Zimin
  • I. E. Kozlov
  • O. A. Atadzhanova
  • B. Chapron
Stydying Seas and Oceans from Space


Widespread short-period internal wave (SPIW) activity in the White Sea has been revealed for the first time based on long-term (2009–2013) monitoring performed using satellite and in situ observations, and the statistical characteristics of these waves have been obtained. Two main regions where short-period waves constantly exist have been identified: the shelf area near the frontal zone at the boundary between the Basin and the Gorlo Strait and the shallow shelf area where the depths are about 30–50 m near Solovetskie Islands. Intense internal waves (IIWs), which are substantially nonlinear and are related to specific phases of a barotropic tide, are regularly observed near frontal zones. The wave height can reach half the sea depth and the wave periods vary from 7 to 18 min.


short-period internal waves monitoring in situ measurements satellite radar images statistical characteristics of wave elements the White Sea 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. V. Zimin
    • 1
    • 2
  • I. E. Kozlov
    • 2
    • 3
  • O. A. Atadzhanova
    • 2
  • B. Chapron
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.St. Petersburg Branch, Shirshov Institute of OceanologyRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Russian State Hydrometeorological UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia
  3. 3.Klaipėda UniversityKlaipėdaLithuania
  4. 4.Institut français de recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer (IFREMER)BrestFrance

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