Stability of the Sargasso Sea subtropical frontal zone

G. R. Halliwell, Peng Ge Peng, Donald Olson

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Abstract

Recent studies suggest that eddy properties are significantly influenced by the mean current shear associated with the western Sargasso Sea subtropical frontal zone (SFZ). Classical linear as well as more recent nonlinear stability theories predict that the mean SFZ flow should be unstable. The linear eigenvalue problem suggests that the most unstable perturbations have wavelengths between 150 and 200 km. Analysis of a channel version of the Miami isopycnic-coordinate primitive equation numerical model verified these predictions and also characterized the further nonlinear evolution of the eddy field. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1166-1183
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Physical Oceanography
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994
Externally publishedYes

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Stability of the Sargasso Sea subtropical frontal zone. / Halliwell, G. R.; Ge Peng, Peng; Olson, Donald.

In: Journal of Physical Oceanography, Vol. 24, No. 6, 01.01.1994, p. 1166-1183.

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Halliwell, G. R. ; Ge Peng, Peng ; Olson, Donald. / Stability of the Sargasso Sea subtropical frontal zone. In: Journal of Physical Oceanography. 1994 ; Vol. 24, No. 6. pp. 1166-1183.
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