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The Rhines effect on the geographical characteristics of altimeter-observed eddies
Liu Zhiliang1,2; Pang Chongguang1,2
2017-09-01
Source PublicationACTA OCEANOLOGICA SINICA
Volume36Issue:9Pages:10-14
SubtypeArticle
AbstractThe Rhines effect may be regarded as an interaction between Rossby waves and turbulence, in which the Rossby waves may radiate away eddy energy when their frequencies are equal or larger than those of the turbulence, thereby deforming and eventually destroying the existing eddies. Through comparing eddy-scale velocity and long Rossby wave phase speed in the oceans, a generalized form of the Rhines effect is examined on the geographical characteristics of altimeter-observed eddies. The results show that the generalized Rhines effect has a much greater influence on eddy characteristics than its classical form, which only considers the simple beta effect due to the meridional gradient of planetary vorticity. The largest amount of eddies are detected in regions where eddy-scale velocity is larger than the critical Rossby-wave phase speed considering a generalized beta effect. The eddies in those regions can grow via an inverse kinetic energy cascade and have much larger amplitudes and sizes. The "eddy desert" regions outside of the tropical oceans, which have far fewer detected eddies and much weaker eddy amplitudes, lie in areas where the eddy-scale velocity is less than the critical Rossby-wave phase speed. In those regions, the generalized Rhines effect may be a possible mechanism of suppressing eddy growth.
KeywordRhines Effect Mesoscale Eddy Rossby Wave Energy Cascade Eddy Desert
DOI10.1007/s13131-017-1105-0
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS IDWOS:000408975800002
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Identifierhttp://ir.qdio.ac.cn/handle/337002/143147
Collection海洋环流与波动重点实验室
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Oceanol, Key Lab Ocean Circulat & Waves, Qingdao 266071, Peoples R China
2.Qingdao Natl Lab Marine Sci & Technol, Qingdao 266237, Peoples R China
First Author Affilication中国科学院海洋研究所
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Liu Zhiliang,Pang Chongguang. The Rhines effect on the geographical characteristics of altimeter-observed eddies[J]. ACTA OCEANOLOGICA SINICA,2017,36(9):10-14.
APA Liu Zhiliang,&Pang Chongguang.(2017).The Rhines effect on the geographical characteristics of altimeter-observed eddies.ACTA OCEANOLOGICA SINICA,36(9),10-14.
MLA Liu Zhiliang,et al."The Rhines effect on the geographical characteristics of altimeter-observed eddies".ACTA OCEANOLOGICA SINICA 36.9(2017):10-14.
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