Submesoscale generation by boundaries
Authors: Dewar, W.K.; Berloff, Pavel; Hogg, Andrew McC.
Source: Journal of Marine Research, Volume 69, Numbers 4-6, July-November 2011 , pp. 501-522(22)
Publisher: Sears Foundation for Marine Research
Abstract: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: 2011-07-01