The structure of zonal jets in shallow water turbulence on the sphere

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Abstract

This paper reviews some recent results concerning the formation and structure of zonal jets in forced shallow water turbulence on the surface of a rotating sphere. Attention is given to the role of the Rossby deformation radius in determining the degree to which jets align zonally; to the limiting case of the axisymmetric "potential vorticity staircase"; and to the issue of equatorial superrotation, which is shown to arise robustly when energy is dissipated through a representation of radiative relaxation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIUTAM SYMPOSIUM ON TURBULENCE IN THE ATMOSPHERE AND OCEANS
EditorsD Dritschel
Place of PublicationNEW YORK
PublisherSpringer
Pages243-252
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-94-007-0359-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventIUTAM Symposium Rotating Stratified Turbulence and Turbulence in the Atmosphere and Oceans - Cambridge
Duration: 8 Dec 200812 Dec 2008

Conference

ConferenceIUTAM Symposium Rotating Stratified Turbulence and Turbulence in the Atmosphere and Oceans
CityCambridge
Period8/12/0812/12/08

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