Articles | Volume 11, issue 3
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Research article
25 Mar 2011
Research article |  | 25 Mar 2011

Huge internal waves in the vicinity of the Spitsbergen Island (Barents Sea)

O. E. Kurkina and T. G. Talipova

Abstract. The generation of huge amplitude internal waves by the barotropic tide in the Barents Sea at high latitudes is examined using the numerical model of the Euler 2-D equations for incompressible stratified fluid. The area considered is located between the Spitsbergen (Svalbard) Island and the Franz-Victoria Trough with a cross-section of 350 km length. There are two underwater hills about 100–150 m high on the background depth of about 300 m. It is shown that intensive nonlinear internal waves with amplitudes up to 50 m and lengths of about 6–12 km are generated in this zone. The total height of such waves is huge and they must be considered as a significant factor of the environment in this basin.

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