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Submesoscale generation by boundaries

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An important dynamical question involves how oceanic balanced flows lose energy. Recent numerical and analytical studies suggest topography catalyzes energy exchanges between balanced flows and a variety of unbalanced phenomena, which presumably leads to dissipation. We here develop a general theory of inviscid balanced flow interactions with walls that predicts submesoscale and unbalanced flow generation. Comparison with primitive equation-based numerical experiments supports the basic tenets of the theory.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 1, 2011

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