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Characteristics of mid-latitude Rossby wave propagation from multiple satellite datasets

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This paper presents a study of the characteristics of extra-tropical oceanic Rossby waves from datasets of Sea Surface Height (SSH), Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and ocean colour. The main focus is on the propagation speed of the waves and a comparison is made between the observational results and the speeds predicted by the classical theory and by the most recent extended theory of Rossby waves. There is also discussion, with an example, of the additional information that can be derived by a comparison of the wave signatures in the different datasets.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Laboratory for Satellite Oceanography Southampton Oceanography Centre European Way Southampton SO14 3ZH UK

Publication date: April 1, 2004

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