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Title: The evolution of oceanic nonlinear internal waves over variable topography
Author: Yuan, Chunxin
ISNI:       0000 0004 7429 1605
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis is concerned with the evolution of oceanic nonlinear internal waves over variable one-dimensional and two-dimensional topography. The methodology is based on a variable-coefficient Korteweg-de Vries (vKdV) equation and its vari- ants, including the Ostrovsky equation which takes rotation into account and a Kadomtsev-Petviashvili (KP) equation which extends these one-dimensional models to two space dimensions. In addition, a fully nonlinear and non-hydrostatic three- dimensional primitive equation model, MIT general circulation model (MITgcm), is invoked to provide supplementary analyses. First, the long-time combined effect of rotation and variable topography on the evolution of internal undular bore is stud- ied; then an initial mode-2 internal solitary wave propagating onto the continental shelf-slope in a three-layer fluid is investigated. After that, the research is extended to two-dimensional space in which submarine canyon and plateau topography are implemented to examine a mode-1 internal solitary wave propagating over these topographic features. Finally, the topographic effect on internal wave-wave interac- tions is examined using an initial ‘V-shape’ wave representing two interacting waves in the framework of the KP equation.
Supervisor: Johnson, E. ; Grimshaw, R. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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