Linear ocean circulation theory with realistic bathymetry
The linear equations governing stratified, wind-driven flow in an ocean of arbitrary shape may be combined into a single "advection-diffusion" equation for the pressure , in which the "flow" advecting includes a delta-function contribution at the ocean bottom in the sense of southward "advection" of along western continental slopes. This interpretation of the -equation helps to explain numerical solutions obtained with a finite-element model incorporating realistic North Atlantic bathymetry.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: July 1, 1998
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