It has been well known that very strong internal tides are generated in the Luzon Strait and propagate into the South China Sea (SCS). These strong internal tides have important effects on large-sale circulation, ecological environment and sediment dynamics. Using mooring data and numerical models, we investigate the evolution and dissipation of internal tides on the continental slope in the SCS. The results reveal that the reflection of internal tides at upper and bottom boundaries causes strong dissipation of internal tidal energy and generates permanent unidirectional flows. Generation of these unidirectional flows can affect large-scale circulation and along-/cross-slope water exchange in the SCS. Furthermore, breaking of internal tides on the continental slope can redistribute bottom sediments to deform the continental slope.
谢晓辉博士就职于自然资源部第二海洋研究所任副研究员，主要从事海洋内波、湍流混合、河口环流与物质输运等物理海洋动力过程研究。主持美国国家自然科学基金与国家自然科学基金等研究课题，获得国家海外高层次青年人才，浙江省杰出青年基金等项目资助。在Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Physical Oceanography等物理海洋国际主流期刊发表SCI论文20余篇。