The role of damped equatorial waves in the oceanic response to winds

Toshio Yamagata, S. G.H. Philander

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In inviscid shallow water models currents generated by spatially uniform winds are transient and are eliminated by Rossby and equatorial Kelvin waves excited at the eastern and western coasts, respectively. The inclusion of mixing processes can lead to an entirely different steady state in which currents are present. It is shown that the mixing of heat affects the steady state more than does the mixing of momentum because the waves that are important in the oceanic adjustment are divergent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-357
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the Oceanographical Society of Japan
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 1985

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • Soil Science
  • General Engineering
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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