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Eddy Saturation of the Southern Ocean: A Baroclinic Versus Barotropic Perspective

Constantinou, Navid; Hogg, Andy


“Eddy saturation” is the regime in which the total time-mean volume transport of an oceanic current is relatively insensitive to the wind stress forcing and is often invoked as a dynamical description of Southern Ocean circulation. We revisit the problem of eddy saturation using a primitive equations model in an idealized channel setup with bathymetry. We apply only mechanical wind stress forcing; there is no diapycnal mixing or surface buoyancy forcing. Our main aim is to assess the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019-11-09
Type: Journal article
Source: Geophysical Research Letters
DOI: 10.1029/2019GL084117
Access Rights: Open Access


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