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Title: A study of baroclinic waves
Author: Kosker, Davut
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 1980
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Some of the dynamical aspects of baroclinic waves of intermediate wavelengths are investigated. A westerly jet, centred at 4S[degrees]N is considered. The flow is initially perturbed by a small-amplitude disturbance, having a zonal scale of 4000 km. This is the wavelength of the most unstable wave as determined by linear model integrations. Firstly, the primitive equations are solved over one life-cycle of the wave of maximum instability. It is found that intermediate wavelengths amplify through a dominating baroc1inic mechanism. The main sources of the eddy energy are the static stability component and zonal component of APE [Pearce (1978)]. It is therefore concluded that Pearce's theory of atmospheric energetics is a comprehensive formulation describing fully the two fundamental roles of eddies; namely the upward and poleward heat transfer.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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