Wind-induced low-frequency oceanic variability

Jürgen Willebrand, George Philander

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The generation of low-frequency current fluctuations in the ocean by variable winds is reconsidered. Observed spectral characteristics of the wind field over the ocean are discussed. A simplified analytical model is used to derive spectral properties of the oceanic response to broadband atmospheric forcing. The results qualitatively agree with a more realistic numerical model, and may help to explain some aspects of deep-sea current meter observations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-70
Number of pages10
JournalElsevier Oceanography Series
Issue numberC
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography


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