Upscale and downscale energy transfer over the tropical Pacific revealed by scatterometer winds

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The direction of the energy cascade in the mesoscales of atmospheric turbulence is investigated using near-surface winds over the tropical Pacific measured by satellite scatterometers SeaWinds (QuikSCAT) and ASCAT (MetOp-A). The tropical Pacific was subdivided into nine regions, classified as rainy or dry. Longitudinal third-order along-track structure… (More)

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