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Eddy - Mean Flow Interaction Diagnostics,
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES
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Recent development in the diagnosis of mean flow forcing by quasi-geostrophic eddies are reviewed. The so-called Eliassen-Palm flux, which has been used to diagnose the forcing of the zonal mean wind by stationary waves, has recently been extended to three-dimensional eddy-mean flow interactions by Hoskins. This work may provide a framework for understanding the driving of mean flows by transient eddies in the atmosphere and the oceans.
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