A note on the finite amplitude dynamics of spatially growing baroclinic waves on an f-plane

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Merkine, Lee-or (2011)
  • Publisher: Co-Action Publishing
  • Journal: Tellus A (issn: 1600-0870)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.3402/tellusa.v30i6.10393
  • Subject:
    arxiv: Physics::Geophysics | Physics::Fluid Dynamics

Finite amplitude behavior of inviscid spatially growing baroclinic waves in a two-layer model on an f-plane is investigated. In the framework of the weakly nonlinear theory it is found that nonlinearity can stabilize or destabilize the flow. In the former case, the nonlinear wave experiences spatial vacillations. In the latter case, the possibility of high frequency finite amplitude subcritical destabilization of the flow field exists. The study is relevant to the problem of mountain-induced cyclogenesis.DOI: 10.1111/j.2153-3490.1978.tb00865.x
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