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Potential vorticity dynamics in a domain with closed geostropic contours. I: Steady linear flow

Kiss, Andrew


Inertia-less wind-driven barotropic flow with lateral and Ekman friction is investigated in circular basins with various bathymetries. The focus is on the vorticity dynamics of flow in basins encircled by continental shelves, a bathymetry which allows a recirculating flow at lowest order because the geostrophic contours are distorted into closed loops which do not intersect the boundary. In general the wind forcing and friction will not balance everywhere, and the potential vorticity lost to...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Marine Research
DOI: 10.1357/0022240041850039


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