Stochastic Resonance and Anti-cyclonic Rings in the Gulf of Mexico
In this work, we used a nonlinear, reduced gravity model of the Gulf of Mexico to study the effect of a seasonal variation of the reduced gravity parameter on ring-shedding behaviour. When small amplitudes of the seasonal variation are used, the distributions of ring-shedding periods are bi-modal. When the amplitude of the seasonal variation is large enough, the ring-shedding events shift to a regime with a constant, yearly period. If the seasonal amplitude of the reduce gravity parameter is small but a noise term is included, then a yearly regime is obtained, suggesting that stochastic resonance could play a role in the ring-shedding process taking place in the Gulf of Mexico.
KeywordsGulf of Mexico Ring Shedding Reduced Gravity Model Seasonal Forcing Stochastic Resonance
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