High-frequency baroclinic wave motions in an equatorial ocean current and related temperature fluctuations
Author: Hong Ma
Source: Journal of Marine Research, Volume 54, Number 6, 1 November 1996 , pp. 1073-1096(24)
Publisher: Sears Foundation for Marine Research
Abstract:This paper uses a theoretical model to demonstrate the existence of a group of equatorially trapped, high-frequency (wave-periods shorter than one week), meso-to-small-scale (wave-lengths shorter than 100 km), baroclinic waves which are embedded in a geostrophic current with only vertical shear. Due to their relatively large vertical and meridional velocities, these high-frequency equatorial waves may play an important role in transporting momentum as well as heat energy in the vertical and transequatorial directions.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 1996-11-01