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Mechanical power input from buoyancy and wind to the circulation in an ocean model

Saenz Umana, Juan; Hogg, Andrew; Hughes, Graham; Griffiths, Ross


We make a systematic quantitative comparison of the effects that surface buoyancy forcing and wind stress have on the energy balance of an idealized, rotating, pole-to-pole ocean model with a zonally re-entrant channel in the south, forced by realistic heat (buoyancy) fluxes and wind stresses representative of global climatology. Surface buoyancy fluxes and wind stress forcing are varied independently; both have significant effects on the reservoirs of various forms of energy and the rates of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Geophysical Research Letters
DOI: 10.1029/2012GL052035


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