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Free Content A simplified linear ocean circulation theory

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The linear theory of the wind- and thermally-driven ocean circulation simplifies considerably if the traditional Laplacian viscosity and thermal diffusivity are replaced by a linear-decay friction and heat diffusion. Solutions of the simplified equations display all the physically important features of the standard model.

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Publication date: November 1, 1986

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