Lauren Dana

Advised by Professor Mark Matlin

Bryn Mawr College Department of Physics

A Computational Study on Internal Waves


Moved by tides, storms, currents and natural disasters the ocean’s inhomogeneity creates waves between the different layers of the ocean. How these stratified layers affect each other is ripe for exploration through computational modeling. Various attributes and processes of the ocean, namely ideas of energy movement and dispersion, physical flow, interactions of heat reservoirs and other physical processes can be computed with programmed models.

I will begin with theories of movement in two dimensions, and then proceeded to scale up to further dimensions and more physical characteristics affected by movement to try and simulate realistic oceanic processes.

As the oceans are so large and so difficult to comprehensively study, some of the best data comes from satellites. These satellites extract data based on sea surface colors. The goal is to be able to input surface data and extract information on underwater processes. Hopefully we can be able to utilize my previous work in examining sea surface satellite data, and extract more information from the surface that will help us understand the processes underneath.