The Center for Meteorology and Physical Ocean- form drag is the dominant term opposing wind forc- ography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ing and that form drag in the model is due to three (MIT) named Sarah Gille the recipient of its Carl- large ridges. Comparisons with the altimeter data in- Gustav Rossby Award. dicate that smaller topographic features are also im- portant. Finally, Gille noted that potential vorticity is Gille received the award not conserved along streamlines in the model and that for her Ph.D. thesis "Dy- surface proxies for potential vorticity is not conserved namics of the Antarctic along streamlines in the model and that surface prox- Circumpolar Current: Evi- ies for potential vorticity in the data have large fluc- denc e for Topographic tuations at several topographic features. In this work, Effect s from Altimeter Gille marshalled a broad range of analytic efforts to Dat a and Numerical Model Output." Her the- unequivocally establish the dominance of the effects sis advisor was Kathryn of bottom topography in Southern Ocean circulation. Kelly of the Woods Hole Gille is currently at the Scripps Institution of Ocean- Oceanographic Institute. ography at the University of California. The Rossby Award
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: May 1, 1996
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