Linear baroclinic instability with the geostrophic momentum approximation

P. R. Bannon

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Abstract

The linear Eady model of baroclinic instability with the geostrophic momentum (GM) approximation is solved analytically in physical space and shown to be identical to linear three-dimensional semigeostrophic theory. Both the growth rates and the wavenumber of the short-wave cutoff are larger than those predicted by quasi-geostrophic (QG) theory. This behaviour arises because the effective static stability is reduced in the GM case. These results are opposite to those using standard nongeostrophic (NG) theory, and the discrepancy increases with decreasing Richardson number. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-409
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science

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