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Multiple Zonal Jets in a Differentially Heated Rotating Annulus

Smith, Carlowen; Speer, Kevin G; Griffiths, Ross


A laboratory experiment of multiple baroclinic zonal jets is described, thought to be dynamically similar to flow observed in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. Differential heating sets the overall temperature difference and drives unstable baroclinic flow, but the circulation is free to determine its own structure and local stratification; experiments were run to a stationary state and extend the dynamical regime of previous experiments. Atopographic analog to the planetary β effect is...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Physical Oceanography
DOI: 10.1175/JPO-D-13-0255.1
Access Rights: Open Access


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