An introduction to the generalized Lagrangianmean description of wave, meanflow interaction
 M. E. McIntyre
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The generalized Lagrangianmean description is motivated and illustrated by means of some simple examples of interactions between waves and mean flows, confining attention for the most part to waves of infinitesimal amplitude. The direct manner in which the theoretical description leads to the waveaction concept and related results, and also to the various ‘noninteraction’ theorems, more accuratelynonacceleration theorems, is brought out as simply as possible. Variational formulations are not needed in the analysis, which uses elementary principles only.
The significance of the generalized EliassenPalm relations as conservation equations for wave activity is discussed briefly, as is the significance of the temporal nonuniformity of the generalized Lagrangianmean description for dissipating disturbances.
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 Title
 An introduction to the generalized Lagrangianmean description of wave, meanflow interaction
 Journal

pure and applied geophysics
Volume 118, Issue 1 , pp 152176
 Cover Date
 19800301
 DOI
 10.1007/BF01586449
 Print ISSN
 00334553
 Online ISSN
 14209136
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 BirkhäuserVerlag
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 Wave meanflow interaction
 Nonacceleration theorems
 Wave action
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 M. E. McIntyre ^{(1)}
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 1. National Center for Atmospheric Research, 80307, Boulder, Colorado, USA