Topographic Waves on Slopes
WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MA DEPT OF PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY
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The guiding hypothesis is that the meandering of western boundary currents acts as a wavemaker in the ocean. The meanders are quite depth-independent and force mainly barotropic motions exterior to them. These motions propagate as low-frequency Rossby waves, and those to the north of the stream eventually become topographic Rossby waves as they begin to feel the bottom topography. We intend to study the effects of nonlinearities and steep topography on these waves as they shoal and refract.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography