Dynamics of Rossby waves in an ocean with inhomogeneous currents

Dynamics of Rossby waves in an ocean with inhomogeneous currents A model for a two-layer ocean is applied to consider, in terms of the geometrical optics approximation, the effect of mean flows propagating within the upper layer upon the dynamics of Rossby waves. The case is theoretically analysed, with the depth of the ocean's upper layer much smaller than that of the underlying layer. In this case, the flow's impact upon the baroclinic mode of Rossby waves is ubiquitous, with the exception of synchronicity. Depending on the parameters, four types of wave packets' behaviour in the vicinity of synchronicity points are singled out, namely, the elimination of the peculiarity, shadowing, and convective/absolute instability. For the mean flow profile simulating cyclonic and anticyclonic gyres, we have obtained wave packet trajectories and have studied the wave packet's interaction with the current. Specifically, it has been demonstrated that, given some modulus of the wave packet, vigorous energy exchange between the wave vector and the flow takes place. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Physical Oceanography Springer Journals

Dynamics of Rossby waves in an ocean with inhomogeneous currents

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 1998 by VSP
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Earth Sciences; Oceanography; Remote Sensing/Photogrammetry; Atmospheric Sciences; Climate Change; Environmental Physics
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0928-5105
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0928-5105
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10.1007/BF02523228
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Abstract

A model for a two-layer ocean is applied to consider, in terms of the geometrical optics approximation, the effect of mean flows propagating within the upper layer upon the dynamics of Rossby waves. The case is theoretically analysed, with the depth of the ocean's upper layer much smaller than that of the underlying layer. In this case, the flow's impact upon the baroclinic mode of Rossby waves is ubiquitous, with the exception of synchronicity. Depending on the parameters, four types of wave packets' behaviour in the vicinity of synchronicity points are singled out, namely, the elimination of the peculiarity, shadowing, and convective/absolute instability. For the mean flow profile simulating cyclonic and anticyclonic gyres, we have obtained wave packet trajectories and have studied the wave packet's interaction with the current. Specifically, it has been demonstrated that, given some modulus of the wave packet, vigorous energy exchange between the wave vector and the flow takes place.

Journal

Physical OceanographySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 22, 2006

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