Animation of Internal Tides in Whittard Canyon

Tabitha Pearman (SAERI, formerly at NOC, UK) and Sam Jones (SAMS, UK) created a nice video, illustrating the internal tides in Whittard Canyon, and how they might influence the habitat for specific benthic species.

You can find the video here:

This animation is constructed using two hydrodynamic models; AMM15, which is a NEMO-based model of the European shelf (Graham et al., 2019) for the large scale velocities, and a high resolution model of Whittard Canyon (Aslam et al., 2018) for the detail. The species distribution predictions are based on Pearman et al. (2020).

Aslam, T., Hall, R.A. and Dye, S.R., 2018. Internal tides in a dendritic submarine canyon. Progress in Oceanography, 169, pp.20-32.

Graham, J.A., O’Dea, E., Holt, J., Polton, J., Hewitt, H.T., Furner, R., Guihou, K., Brereton, A., Arnold, A., Wakelin, S. and Castillo Sanchez, J.M., 2018. AMM15: a new high-resolution NEMO configuration for operational simulation of the European north-west shelf. Geoscientific Model Development, 11(2), pp.681-696.

Pearman, Tabitha Rosemary Rainbow, et al. “Improving the predictive capability of benthic species distribution models by incorporating oceanographic data–Towards holistic ecological modelling of a submarine canyon.” Progress in Oceanography 184 (2020): 102338.