Is a third scale of motion admissible in a boundary-current region?

  • Fulvio Crisciani
  • Fabio Cavallini
  • Renzo MosettiEmail author
Regular Article


The question arises whether an intermediate scale of the motion, between those of a boundary-current region and of the interior, may take place in the inertial regime. We prove that the very geostrophic balance prevents this possibility. The same problem is investigated in the frictional regime as well.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità di TriesteTriesteItaly
  2. 2.OGS-Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica SperimentaleTriesteItaly

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