Topographic inviscid dissipation of balanced flow
Recent analyses have argued that energy enters the mesoscale, balanced flow at a rate of roughly 1 TeraWatt (1TW = 109Watts). As the mesoscale appears not to be accelerating, energy must be lost from the balanced flow at essentially the same rate. How this loss occurs is unclear, because the natural evolution of balanced flows is to large length scales where viscosity is ineffective. Additionally, frictional interactions with the boundaries are not obviously strong enough to provide the needed...[Show more]
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