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    • Baroclinic instability of a meridionally varying basic state 

      Meacham, Stephen P. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1984-06)
      Several problems are addressed herein. They are loosely connected by the theme of resonant triad interactions. The main topic is the finite amplitude evolution of weakly unstable, linear eigenmodes in a meridionally ...
    • Generation of mid-ocean eddies : the local baroclinic instability hypothesis 

      Arbic, Brian K. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2000-08)
      The plausibility of local baroclinic instability as a generation mechanism for midocean mesoscale eddies is examined with a two-layer, quasi-geostrophic (QG) model forced by an imposed, horizontally homogeneous, vertically ...
    • Instabilities and radiation of thin, baroclinic jets 

      Talley, Lynne D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1982-06)
      Oceanic fluctuations are dependent on geographical location. Near intense currents, the eddy field is highly energetic and has broad meridional extent. It is likely that the energy arises from instabilities of the intense ...
    • Linear normal mode analysis of baroclinic instability in a meridional channel 

      Walker, Alison (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2001-03)
      Numerical solutions of the unstable, growing modes are found for the two-layer inviscid quasigeostrophic equations in a meridional channel. A steady mean flow in the N-S direction is imposed in the upper layer, and it ...