Journal article

Growing interfacially coupled oscillations of the ocean-atmosphere

JAT Bye

DYNAMICS OF ATMOSPHERES AND OCEANS | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2004

Abstract

A stability analysis of the coupled ocean-atmosphere is presented which shows that the potential energy (PE) of the upper layer of the ocean is available to generate coupled growing planetary waves. An independent analysis suggests that the growth of these waves would be maintained in the presence of oceanic friction. The growing waves are a consequence of relaxing the rigid lid approximation on the ocean, thus allowing an upward transfer of energy across the sea surface. Using a two and a half layer model consisting of an atmospheric planetary boundary layer, coupled with a two layer ocean comprising an active upper layer and a lower layer in which the velocity perturbation is vanishingly s..

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