Lookup NU author(s): Professor Andrew Willmott
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An analytical solution is presented for the quasi-linear wave equation satisfied by annual and inter-annual long Rossby waves. In the case when the Ekman pumping is independent of the east-west spatial coordinate a criterion can be derived for determining when and where the waves will break. An example is presented in which the Ekman pumping has harmonic time dependence, and breaking occurs closer to the eastern boundary as the distance northward increases. This result might explain partially why Rossby wave propagation has been undetected north of 30°N in the Pacific Ocean.
Author(s): Willmott AJ
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Deep Sea Research Part A. Oceanographic Research Papers
Print publication date: 01/05/1985
Online publication date: 21/11/1984
ISSN (print): 0967-0637
ISSN (electronic): 1879-0119
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