Articles | Volume 29, issue 2
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 29, 207–218, 2022
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 29, 207–218, 2022
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15 Jun 2022
Research article  | Highlight paper | 15 Jun 2022

Effects of rotation and topography on internal solitary waves governed by the rotating Gardner equation

Karl R. Helfrich and Lev Ostrovsky

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Internal solitons are an important class of nonlinear waves commonly observed in coastal oceans. Their propagation is affected by the Earth's rotation and the variation in the water depth. We consider an interplay of these factors using the corresponding extension of the Gardner equation. This model allows a limiting soliton amplitude and the corresponding increase in wavelength, making the effects of rotation and topography on a shoaling wave especially significant.