Abstract's details

Topographically Trapped Waves around South America with periods between 40 and 130 days in a global ocean reanalysis.

Léa Poli (LOCEAN, France)

CoAuthors

Camila Artana (ICM-CSIC, Spain); Christine Provost (LOCEAN, France)

Event: 2022 Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting

Session: Science II: Large Scale Ocean Circulation Variability and Change

Presentation type: Type Oral

The South American continental slope hosts a variety of topographic waves. We use a 27 year-long global ocean reanalysis (1/12° spatial resolution) to examine trapped waves around South America at periods ranging from 40 to 130 days. The waves propagate from the Equatorial Pacific to the Tropical Atlantic (22°S) with phase velocities between 1.8 m/s and 7 m/s according to the local background characteristics, such as stratification, slope steepness, latitude, mean flow and shelf width. The Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) plays a key role in forcing the trapped waves in two ways i) through an oceanic connection implying equatorial Kelvin waves reaching the western American Coast and ii) through an atmospheric teleconnection enhancing southerly winds in the south-east Pacific. Furthermore, local winds, not necessarily linked with the MJO, modulate and trigger waves in specific locations, such as the Brazil-Malvinas Confluence. Trapped waves impact the along-shore currents: during the positive phase of the waves the near-surface flow is enhanced by about 0.1 m/s.
 
Topographically Trapped Waves around South America with periods between 40 and 130 days in a global ocean reanalysis.

Oral presentation show times:

Room Start Date End Date
Sala Grande Wed, Nov 02 2022,15:00 Wed, Nov 02 2022,15:15
Léa Poli
LOCEAN
France
lea.poli@locean.ipsl.fr