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J. Fluid Mech. (2002), vol. 465, pp. 131155. c 2002 Cambridge University Press DOI: 10.1017/S0022112002001027 Printed in the United Kingdom
 

Summary: J. Fluid Mech. (2002), vol. 465, pp. 131155. c 2002 Cambridge University Press
DOI: 10.1017/S0022112002001027 Printed in the United Kingdom
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On the scattering of baroclinic Rossby waves by
a ridge in a continuously stratified ocean
By G. W. O WE N1, I. D. ABRAHAM S2, A. J. W ILLM OTT1
AND C. W. HUGHE S3
1
Department of Mathematics, Keele University, Staffordshire ST5 5BG, UK
2
Department of Mathematics, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
3
Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, Merseyside CH43 7RA, UK
(Received 13 August 2001 and in revised form 20 February 2002)
In global ocean dynamics Rossby waves play a vital r^ole in the long-term distribution
of vorticity; knowledge of the interaction between these waves and topography is
crucial to a full understanding of this process, and hence to the transportation of
energy, mixing and ocean circulation. The interaction of baroclinic Rossby waves
with abrupt topography is the focus of this study. In this paper we model the ocean
as a continuously stratified fluid for which the linear theory predicts a qualitatively

  

Source: Abrahams, I. David - Department of Mathematics, University of Manchester

 

Collections: Mathematics