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Testing theories of baroclinic adjustment in the laboratory and in simple atmospheric models

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The mean state of the Earth’s climate is the result of a balance between the destabilising effect of radiative forcing and the dynamics which transport heat through the atmosphere. The contribution of baroclinic instability to maintaining this balance is not quantitatively well understood. Two prominent groups of existing ideas which attempt to explain the effect of baroclinic eddies on the mean state are baroclinic adjustment and geostrophic turbulence theories. The former suggests that t...

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MPLS
Department:
Physics
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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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