The Behaviors of Internal Solitary Waves near the Continental Shelf of South China Sea Inferred from Satellite Images

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The behaviors of internal solitary waves (ISWs) near the continental shelf of SCS are analyzed. We interpret manifestations of four kinds of ISWs in MODIS images: mode-1 depression wave, bolus, mode-1 elevation wave, and mode-2 convex wave. The geographical distributions of these ISWs are investigated. Bolus and mode-1 elevation wave, the two evolution stages of polarity conversion process of depression ISW, only exists around 22˚N, which is in agreement with the sign of mode-1 nonlinear coefficient α1. The mode-2 convex waves generally follow the southern part of mode-1 depression ISW, where the steep terrain favors their generation. The information of a mode-1 depression ISW, such as amplitude and propagation speed, is also derived from the MODIS image.

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Advanced Materials Research (Volumes 588-589)

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Lawrence Lim

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2131-2135

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X. D. Huang et al., "The Behaviors of Internal Solitary Waves near the Continental Shelf of South China Sea Inferred from Satellite Images", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 588-589, pp. 2131-2135, 2012

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