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On the dynamics of wind-driven circumpolar currents

Abstract:

The factors controlling the transport of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) have recently been a topic of heated debate. At the latitudes of Drake Passage, potential vorticity contours are uninterrupted by coastlines, and large amplitude flows are possible even with weak forcing and dissipation. The relationship between the dynamics of circumpolar currents and inertial recirculations in closed basins is discussed. In previous studies, Sverdrup balance and baroclinic adjustment theories h...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Atmos Ocean and Planet Physics
Journal:
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY
Volume:
31
Issue:
11
Pages:
3258-3273
Publication date:
2001
DOI:
EISSN:
1520-0485
ISSN:
0022-3670
URN:
uuid:179ced3a-bf5d-4117-8fb8-bfd10a1b9fe8
Source identifiers:
4245
Local pid:
pubs:4245
Language:
English

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