Global Observations of Oceanic Rossby Waves

@article{Chelton1996GlobalOO,
  title={Global Observations of Oceanic Rossby Waves},
  author={D. Chelton and M. Schlax},
  journal={Science},
  year={1996},
  volume={272},
  pages={234 - 238}
}
Rossby waves play a critical role in the transient adjustment of ocean circulation to changes in large-scale atmospheric forcing. The TOPEX/POSEIDON satellite altimeter has detected Rossby waves throughout much of the world ocean from sea level signals with ≲10-centimeter amplitude and ≳500-kilometer wavelength. Outside of the tropics, Rossby waves are abruptly amplified by major topographic features. Analysis of 3 years of data reveals discrepancies between observed and theoretical Rossby wave… Expand
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