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From explicit to implicit normal mode initialization of a limited-area model

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In this note the implicit normal mode initialization of a limited-area model is discussed from a different point of view. To that end it is shown that the equations describing the explicit normal mode initialization applied to the shallow water equations in differentiated form on the sphere can readily be derived in normal mode space if the model equations are separable, but only in the case of stationary Rossby modes can be transformed into the implicit equations in physical space. This is a consequence of the simple relations between the components of the different modes in that case. In addition a simple eigenvalue problem is given for the frequencies of the gravity waves.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1127/0941-2948/2013/0306

Publication date: February 1, 2013

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