Modeling the Antarctic Circumpolar Current: A Comparison of FRAM and Equivalent Barotropic Model Results
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.
Journal of Marine Research
Kamenkovich, V. M.,
(1999). Modeling the Antarctic Circumpolar Current: A Comparison of FRAM and Equivalent Barotropic Model Results. Journal of Marine Research, 57(1), 29-45.
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