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The effect of surface buoyancy gradients on oceanic Rossby wave propagation

@article{Xiao2014TheEO,
  title={The effect of surface buoyancy gradients on oceanic Rossby wave propagation},
  author={Xiao Xiao and K. Shafer Smith and Shane R. Keating},
  journal={arXiv: Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics},
  year={2014}
}
  • Xiao Xiao, K. Shafer Smith, Shane R. Keating
  • Published 2014
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics
  • Motivated by the discrepancy between satellite observations of coherent westward propagating surface features and Rossby wave theory, this paper revisits the planetary wave propagation problem, taking into account the effects of lateral buoyancy gradients at the ocean's surface. The standard theory for long baroclinic Rossby waves is based on an expansion of the quasigeostrophic stretching operator in normal modes, $\phi_n(z)$, satisfying a Neumann boundary condition at the surface, $\phi_n'(0… CONTINUE READING

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