Dissipative energization of baroclinic waves by surface ekman pumping

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A two-layer quasigeostrophic model is used to study the effect of lower boundary Ekman pumping on the energetics of baroclinic waves. Although the direct impact of the Ekman pumping is to damp the total eddy energy, either the eddy available potential energy (EAPE) or the eddy kinetic energy (EKE), individually, can grow because of the Ekman pumping. Growth of EAPE is favored if the phase difference between the upper and lower wave fields is less than a quarter wavelength, and EKE is favored if the phase difference is greater than a quarter wavelength. A numerical model calculation shows that the EAPE growth occurs directly through the Ekman pumping and that the increased EAPE can in turn lead to further growth by strengthening the baroclinic energy conversion from zonal available potential energy to the EAPE. Through this indirect effect, the Ekman pumping can increase the net production of total eddy energy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2251-2259
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science


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