EGU General Assembly 2020
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Latitudinal Variation and Nonlinear Behavior of Internal Tides in the East China Sea

Weidong Wang1 and Robin Robertson2
Weidong Wang and Robin Robertson
  • 1Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Key Laboratory of Ocean Circulation and Waves, China (
  • 2China-Asean College of Marine Science, Xiamen University Malaysia, Sepang, Malaysia(

We present four sets of concurrent ADCP data obtained from the East China Sea shelf, and it suggests that near-inertial waves induced by parametric subharmonic instability (PSI) associated with harmonic transfer beyond diurnal critical latitude (O1:27.6°, K1:30°). Two type different nonlinear behavior (harmonic transfer and subharmonic transfer) occur varying with the latitude on different location. The velocity data indicated a transfer of diurnal internal tidal energy poleward of the diurnal critical latitude. Kinetic energy and shear spectra analysis at these moorings reveals that the prominent peaks enhance and appear at not only at the even order of diurnal tide such as semidiurnal band, 4cpd, 6cpd and even 8cpd, but also some unfamiliar odd harmonics 3cpd and 5cpd. Furthermore, additional energy is converted to higher mode locally through continuum internal wave spectrum. Besides the harmonic transfer, on the critical latitude for D2/2 wave(28.9°), D1 wave is extracted from a D2 tidal driven model output current. PSI conversion of semidiurnal internal tidal energy was confirmed by spectra analysis and bi-spectra, because of the distinguish of M2/2 separated from the diurnal tidal (O1, K1).

How to cite: Wang, W. and Robertson, R.: Latitudinal Variation and Nonlinear Behavior of Internal Tides in the East China Sea, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-18704,, 2020