Changing Flow Patterns and Successive Bifurcations

  • M. Ghil
  • S. Childress
Part of the Applied Mathematical Sciences book series (AMS, volume 60)

Abstract

Out of Sections 4.2 through 4.4 emerges a certain view of midlatitude atmospheric circulation. It is dominated by essentially axisymmetric, zonal flow — the prevailing westerlies. They represent the climatological mean of daily flow patterns. The zonal mean flow is baroclinically unstable, and cyclone waves grow on it, reaching finite amplitude and then decaying, to be replaced by new growth of instabilities.

Keywords

Convection Manifold Stratification Vorticity Cyclone 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Ghil
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. Childress
    • 1
  1. 1.Courant Institute of Mathematical SciencesNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Geophysics and Planetary PhysicsUniversity of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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