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Publication Date
1 July 2021

Generation of low‐latitude seamount‐trapped waves: a case study of the Seychelles Plateau



Baroclinic seamount-trapped waves are thought to influence their surrounding ecosystem; however, trapped waves are not well-studied in near-equatorial settings, where stratification is strong and Burger numbers  S=N2H2f2LH2 are large. Motivated by observations, we use daily output (2005–2009) from the global Parallel Ocean Program Model (POP) to examine topographically trapped baroclinic waves around the Seychelles Plateau (S > 400) in the tropical Indian Ocean. These trapped waves are associated with velocity and temperature oscillations at periods of 15–16 days, similar to the dominant period of some equatorial Yanai waves. Energy flux maps using POP output suggest that quasi-biweekly equatorial Yanai waves excite trapped waves on the western and south-western flanks of the Seychelles Plateau, near the surface. The anticyclonic energy flux associated with the trapped wave extends vertically throughout the water column and around most of the plateau circumference, diminishing on the eastern flank of the plateau. This work highlights the role that equatorial planetary waves and trapped waves play in facilitating energy redistribution, dissipation, and mixing in the tropical ocean.

“Generation Of Low‐Latitude Seamount‐Trapped Waves: A Case Study Of The Seychelles Plateau”. 2021. Journal Of Geophysical Research: Oceans 126. doi:10.1029/2021JC017234.
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