Space-time scales of internal waves: A progress report


  • Christopher Garrett,

  • Walter Munk


We present a revised model for the distribution of internal wave energy in wave number frequency space. The model is empirical, guided by the following measurements: moored spectra and moored coherences for horizontal and vertical separations (MS, MHC, MVC as functions of frequency), towed spectra and towed vertical and time-lagged coherences (TS, TVC, TLC as functions of horizontal wave number), and dropped spectra and dropped horizontal and lagged coherences (DS, DHC, DLC as functions of vertical wave number). Measurements are available for all but TLC and DHC. There is some indication of universality, suggesting perhaps a saturation limit.