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Spectral analysis of mean flow and turbulence forced by waves in a horizontally homogeneous zone of the Iroise sea A comparison with current times series measured by high-frequency radar

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The 1D version of the Model for Applications at Regional Scale is used to parameterize the effects of sea surface waves in 2D in a horizontally homogeneous offshore zone of the Iroise sea. Here we present the first simulation of the Iroise sea including sea surface waves forcing, and more generally, the first study of a boundary layer including the Hasselmann force with a tidal wave. We use a single equation turbulence closure based on a non-local diagnosis for energetic and dissipation length scales. The turbulent energy flux at the surface due to whitecaps and the Hasselmann force induced by Stokes drift are assessed using the whole sea surface waves spectrum given by the Wave Watch Third generation model. The ability of the parameterization to reproduce surface currents over a period of 1 year (2007) is tested with high frequency radar using spectral and time-frequency analysis. One problem with 1D modelling, corresponding to overestimation of current oscillating at inertial frequency is illustrated by comparing 1D and 3D simulations. We found an overall improvement by including the Hasselmann force mainly within the bandwidth of less than one cycle per day to one cycle per day for surface currents. Turbulence is induced by whitecaps decaying rapidly below the ocean surface but the mixed layer below 40 m is deeper due to waves breaking on the sea surface.

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keyboard_arrow_right Titre : Spectral analysis of mean flow and turbulence forced by waves in a horizontally homogeneous zone of the Iroise sea A comparison with current times series measured by high-frequency radar
keyboard_arrow_right Type de documentation : Articles
keyboard_arrow_right Auteur(s) personne(s) : Duhaut, Thomas, Dumas,Franck, Simon, Guillaume
keyboard_arrow_right Date de publication : 1 novembre 2011
keyboard_arrow_right Nombre de pages : 48 p.
keyboard_arrow_right Editeur(s) : Springer
keyboard_arrow_right Tags thématiques : marée, vague
keyboard_arrow_right Mots-clés libres : Ocean turbulence, Waves, Stokes drift, Iroise sea, MARS, High-frequency radar, OSCR
keyboard_arrow_right Localisation : Parc naturel marin d'Iroise
keyboard_arrow_right Langue : Anglais
keyboard_arrow_right N° d'édition (ISBN,DOI...) : 10.1007/s10236-011-0484-6
keyboard_arrow_right Collection : Ocean dynamics
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