Estimates of M2 Tidal Energy Dissipation from TOPEX/Poseidon Altimeter Data

  title={Estimates of M2 Tidal Energy Dissipation from TOPEX/Poseidon Altimeter Data},
  author={Gary D. Egbert and Richard D. Ray},
  journal={Journal of Geophysical Research},
  • G. Egbert, R. Ray
  • Published 15 October 2001
  • Environmental Science, Physics
  • Journal of Geophysical Research
Most of the tidal energy dissipation in the ocean occurs in shallow seas, as has long been recognized. However, recent work has suggested that a significant fraction of the dissipation, perhaps 1 TW or more, occurs in the deep ocean. This paper builds further evidence for that conclusion. More than 6 years of data from the TOPEX/Poseidon satellite altimeter are used to map the tidal dissipation rate throughout the world ocean. The dissipation rate is estimated as a balance between the rate of… 

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