Jorge Cortés


Stokes drift of plankton in linear internal waves: Cross-shore transport of neutrally buoyant and depth-keeping organisms
P. J. S. Franks, J. C. Garwood, M. Ouimet, J. Cortés, R. Musgrave, A. J. Lucas
Limnology and Oceanography 65 (6) (2020), 1286-1296


The meroplanktonic larvae of many invertebrate and vertebrate species rely on physical transport to return them across the shelf to their adult habitats. One potential mechanism for cross-shore larval transport is Stokes drift in internal waves. Here we develop theory to quantify the Stokes velocities of neutrally buoyant and depth-keeping organisms in linear internal waves in shallow water. We apply the analyses to theoretical and measured internal wave fields, and compare results with a numerical model. Near the surface and bottom boundaries, both neutrally buoyant and depth-keeping organisms were transported in the direction of the wave's phase propagation. However, neutrally buoyant organisms were transported in the opposite direction of the wave's phase at mid depths, while depth-keeping organisms had zero net transport there. Weakly depth-keeping organisms had Stokes drifts between the perfectly depth-keeping and neutrally buoyant organisms. For reasonable wave amplitudes and phase speeds, organisms would experience horizontal Stokes speeds of several centimeters per second -or a few kilometers per day in a constant wave field. With onshore-polarized internal waves, Stokes drift in internal waves presents a predictable mechanism for onshore transport of meroplanktonic larvae and other organisms near the surface, and offshore transport at mid depths.


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