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Topographically induced baroclinic eddies along a coastline Swaters, Gordon E.


A mathematical model is formulated which describes the interaction between a baroclinic current and order Rossby number topography along a coastline. The lead term solution, in an asymptotic expansion in the Rossby number, is obtained for the pressure, density, velocity and mass transport fields. The lead term solution is found using a normal mode analysis and a Green's function technique. The solution is applied to the possible topographic generation of the Sitka eddy in the north east Pacific Ocean. The numerical calculations of the model and the observed location, dimensions, velocities and transports of the Sitka eddy are in very good agreement.

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