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Simulation of Midlatitude Variability,
NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH BOULDER CO
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Models of eddy resolved ocean circulation have begun to aid in rationalizing observations from midlatitude gyres. In particular, enhanced transport of the western boundary current and its extension, patterns of eddy energy, the structure of deep abyssal mean gyres, the nature of the recirculation regime, and regions of homogenized potential vorticity in observed gyres all have important analogues in models. Such models then can be extremely useful in unraveling the underlying mechanism by which large-scale midlatitude gyres reach a statistical equilibrium.
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