Title

Modeling the Antarctic Circumpolar Current: A Comparison of FRAM and Equivalent Barotropic Model Results

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1999

Department

Marine Science

Abstract

Analyzing the FRAM simulations, Kinworth (1992) noticed a strong tendency for self-similarity in the vertical structure of the velocity field of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC). By assuming the self-similarity as a hypothesis, Krupitsky et al. (1996) developed an equivalent barotropic (EB) model of the ACC capable of describing the horizontal structure of the ACC. Compared to the multi-level-primitive-equation GCM, the EB model appeared substantially simpler and therefore useful in pilot process-oriented and sensitivity studies. In the present study dynamical and kinematical comparisons of the EB and FRAM outputs are given.

Publication Title

Journal of Marine Research

Volume

57

Issue

1

First Page

29

Last Page

45