Diurnal tides on the Barents Sea continental slope
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Original versionJofrid Skarðhamar, Øystein Skagseth, Jon Albretsen, Diurnal tides on the Barents Sea continental slope, Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, Volume 97, March 2015, Pages 40-51, ISSN 0967-0637, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2014.11.008. 10.1016/j.dsr.2014.11.008
Measurements of diurnal tides over the continental slope between the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea shelf are presented. Numerical 3D simulations, in agreement with field data, show strong cross-slope velocities and large vertical displacements of the interface between Atlantic Water and intermediate water over the slope. The striking correspondence between the prominent observed and modeled diurnal oscillations gives confidence that this is well represented by the model. This variability, interpreted as tidally induced diurnal period topographic waves, is confined to the diverging topography of the continental slope west of Tromsøflaket. The model results reveal highly variable magnitudes of the oscillations and the cross shelf currents in time, related to variable strength of the background flow, the Norwegian Atlantic Current. We suggest that the diurnal topographic wave can be an effective mechanism for cross slope exchange between the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea shelf, and important for benthic and pelagic biological processes on the shelf and slope.