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Volume 7,     Number 1,     Spring 1999

 

SUB-INERTIAL DYNAMICS OF DENSITY-DRIVEN
FLOWS IN A CONTINUOUSLY STRATIFIED FLUID
ON A SLOPING BOTTOM.
Part 3. NONLINEAR STABILITY THEORY
FRANCIS J. POULIN AND GORDON E. SWATERS

Abstract. A nonlinear stability theory is developed for the low frequency dynamics of bottom-intensified density-driven flows within a continuously stratified rotating fluid of finite depth with variable bottom topography. These flows form an important component of the meridional heat transport in Earth's oceans, i.e., the climate system.

 

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