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The motion of geophysical vortices

McDonald, NR; (1999) The motion of geophysical vortices. PHILOS T R SOC A , 357 (1763) 3427 - 3444.

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Abstract

The thin fluid layers constituting the Earth's oceans and atmosphere give rise to a wide variety of long-lived vortices, which are important in determining, amongst other things, our weather and climate. On a rotating planet, these vortices have the ability to self-propagate. This paper investigates this phenomenon by describing the fundamental physics involved and reviewing our current understanding of it. Also, areas of future research related to the motion of geophysical vortices are speculated upon.

Type:Article
Title:The motion of geophysical vortices
Keywords:vortices, oceanography, climate, eddies, meteorology, fluid dynamics, ROSSBY-WAVE RADIATION, BETA-PLANE, BAROTROPIC VORTICES, EDDY, EDDIES, DYNAMICS, VORTEX, FLUID, ATLANTIC, OCEAN
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Mathematics

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