Internal Tides and Waves in the South China Sea

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Dr Robin Robertson (

Description of Work: 


  • Learn to use a prominent ocean circulation model
  • Investigate internal tides and waves in the South China Sea

Description of Work:

Large internal tides exceeding 50 m have been observed in the South China Sea. These tides generate internal waves and induce mixing on the continental shelf. They also induce non-linear solitons. The goal of this project is to investigate the internal tide and wave fields in the South China Sea using both hydrostatic and nonhydrostatic models. The model results will be compared to observational data. This work has implications for the regional oceanography of the South China Sea and for investigations of internal tides and waves in other active regions, such as Australia’s North West Shelf.