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Onuki Yohei Last modified date:2020.08.13

Assistant Professor / Environmental Prediction / Center for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research / Research Institute for Applied Mechanics

1. Yohei Onuki, Quasi-local method of wave decomposition in a slowly varying medium, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 10.1017/jfm.2019.825, 883, A56, 2020.01, [URL], The general asymptotic theory for wave propagation in a slowly varying medium, classically known as the Wentzel–Kramers–Brillouin–Jeffreys (WKBJ) approximation, is revisited here with the aim of constructing a new data diagnostic technique useful in atmospheric and oceanic sciences. Using the Wigner transform, a kind of mapping that associates a linear operator with a function, we analytically decompose a flow field into mutually independent wave signals. This method takes account of the variations in the polarisation relations, an eigenvector that represents the kinematic characteristics of each wave component, so as to project the variables onto their eigenspace quasi-locally. The temporal evolution of a specific mode signal obeys a single wave equation characterised by the dispersion relation that also incorporates the effect from the local gradient in the medium. Combining this method with transport theory and applying them to numerical simulation data, we can detect the transfer of energy or other conserved quantities associated with the propagation of each wave signal in a wide variety of situations..
2. Yohei Onuki, Yuki Tanaka, Instabilities of finite‐amplitude internal wave beams, Geophysical Research Letters, 10.1029/2019GL082570, 2019.07, [URL], Beam-like internal waves are commonly generated by tides in the ocean, but their dissipation processes that cause vertical mixing remain poorly understood. Previous studies examined small-amplitude beams to find that parametric subharmonic instability (PSI) induces latitude-dependent wave dissipation. Using a novel approach based on Floquet theory, this study analyzes the stability of finite-amplitude beams over a wide range of parameters. If beam amplitude is small, PSI is indeed the principal mode under the condition f∕𝜎 ≤ 0.5, where f is the Coriolis parameter and 𝜎 is the beam frequency, and the growth rate is maximum when equality holds. However, as beam amplitude is increased, instability arises even when f∕𝜎 > 0.5, but the location of maximum instability shifts toward lower f∕𝜎; thus, the latitudinal dependence of instability is significantly altered. Furthermore, the resulting energy spectrum is strongly Doppler shifted to higher frequencies, which therefore distinguishes this configuration from the common cases of PSI..
3. Yohei Onuki, Toshiyuki Hibiya, Parametric subharmonic instability in a narrow-band wave spectrum, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 10.1017/jfm.2019.44, 865, 247-280, 2019.04, [URL].
4. Yohei Onuki, Toshiyuki Hibiya, Decay Rates of Internal Tides Estimated by an Improved Wave-Wave Interaction Analysis, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 10.1175/JPO-D-17-0278.1, 48, 11, 2689-2701, 2018.11, [URL], 回転成層流体における波数空間内のエネルギーカスケード過程について、密度成層構造の空間変化や上下境界の影響を取り入れた形で、弱非線形乱流理論に基づく運動学的方程式の定式化を行った。これを用いて、海洋内部で潮汐によって励起された波動が非線形共鳴を経てエネルギーを失う割合を全球的に計算したところ、観測研究に整合する形で、中緯度海域に卓越したエネルギー損失率のピークを再現することに成功した。.
5. Yohei Onuki, Toshiyuki Hibiya, Excitation mechanism of near-inertial waves in baroclinic tidal flow caused by parametric subharmonic instability, Ocean Dynamics, 10.1007/s10236-014-0789-3, 65, 1, 107-113, 2015.01.