CHEN Xuan, PAN Jing, ZHENG Chongwei, ZHANG Xi, HE Ming. Derivation of the thermal characteristics of mesoscale eddies[J]. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 2017, 36(3): 8-13. doi: 10.1007/s13131-017-1036-9
Citation: CHEN Xuan, PAN Jing, ZHENG Chongwei, ZHANG Xi, HE Ming. Derivation of the thermal characteristics of mesoscale eddies[J]. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 2017, 36(3): 8-13. doi: 10.1007/s13131-017-1036-9

Derivation of the thermal characteristics of mesoscale eddies

doi: 10.1007/s13131-017-1036-9
  • Received Date: 2016-01-21
  • Rev Recd Date: 2016-03-29
  • This study aims at explaining the relationship between thermodynamic characteristics and direction of rotation of mesoscale eddies (MEs). The geometric characteristics of the MEs are under the following assumptions:the structure of the MEs is symmetrical, and changes of oceanic physical variables are close to linear features in the radial direction in the ME regions. Based on these assumptions, by using primitive equations without friction under a cylindrical coordinate system, the thermodynamic characteristics of the MEs are derived, showing that the conventional relationship of warm anticyclonic eddies with high sea surface height (SSH) and cold cyclonic eddies with low SSH is not consistent with the SSH and sea surface temperature (SST) observations of eddies. The results show that the symmetrical form is an ideal approximation for the geometric characteristics of MEs. In consideration of the above assumptions, there are advantages for derivation of the characteristics of the MEs under a cylindrical coordinate.
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