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The linear theory of the wind- and thermally-driven ocean circulation simplifies considerably if the traditional Laplacian viscosity and thermal diffusivity are replaced by a linear-decay friction and heat diffusion. Solutions of the simplified equations display all the physically important features of the standard model.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1357/002224086788401602

Publication date: 1986-11-01

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