Computation of Density Perturbation and Energy Flux of Internal Waves from Experimental Data

Bordois, Lucie ; Nycander, Jonas ; Paci, Alexandre

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<p align=justify>We hereby present two different spectral methods for calculating the density anomaly and the vertical energy flux from synthetic Schlieren data, for a periodic field of linear internal waves (IW) in a density-stratified fluid with a uniform buoyancy frequency. The two approaches operate under different assumptions. The first method (hereafter Mxzt) relies on the assumption of a perfectly periodic IW field in the three dimensions (x, z, t), whereas the second method (hereafter MxtUp) assumes that the IW field is periodic in x and t and composed solely of wave components with downward phase velocity. The two methods have been applied to synthetic Schlieren data collected in the CNRM large stratified water flume. Both methods succeed in reconstructing the density anomaly field. We identify and quantify the source of errors of both methods. A new method mixing the two approaches and combining their respective advantages is then proposed for the upward energy flux. The work presented in this article opens new perspectives for density and energy flux estimates from laboratory experiments data.</p>
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