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The characteristics of internal waves in the Yellow Sea observed by SAR

Taerim Kim(1)

(1) Kunsan University, Miryong-Dong SAN-68, 573-701, Korea


Internal waves in the Yellow Sea are characterized by large number of packets with small scaled internal waves. Observations of internal waves in the southwest coastal waters of Korea have been made using a mooring measurement and satellite SAR together. From May 28 to May 30 in 2002, thermistor chains with RCM and ADCP mooring measurements were carried out at 10 km west of Ocheong-Do, together with a CTD field survey on the surrounding waters. Also, a SAR image was acquired on May 29 at 06:53. The data from the in-situ measurement show several internal wave packets passing through the mooring point and the SAR image reveals numbers of internal wave packets distributed around the point. Temporal and spatial characteristics of internal waves in the southwest coastal waters were analyzed using the data from mooring measurement, SAR image, and the K-dv equation. The internal waves are important phenomena in terms of physical oceanography and military as well as marine biology. They should be considered as one of important features in the southwest coastal waters in summer.


Keywords: ESA European Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne, observation de la terre, earth observation, satellite remote sensing, teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar, chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar, atmospheric chemistry