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Introduction

Tailleux (2003, henceforth T03) makes an interesting suggestion, basically that there is another relevant vertical mode (termed here pseudobarotropic) present in linear, long planetary wave motion in the presence of bottom topography, which was mentioned but little discussed by Killworth and Blundell (1999, henceforth KB99). They found that the presence of topography did not, overall, increase the speed of planetary waves over the flat-bottomed case.

Tailleux raises several points. He argues that

the neglected mode is faster than the first baroclinic mode studied by KB99 and could perhaps account for the discrepancy between

Introduction

Tailleux (2003, henceforth T03) makes an interesting suggestion, basically that there is another relevant vertical mode (termed here pseudobarotropic) present in linear, long planetary wave motion in the presence of bottom topography, which was mentioned but little discussed by Killworth and Blundell (1999, henceforth KB99). They found that the presence of topography did not, overall, increase the speed of planetary waves over the flat-bottomed case.

Tailleux raises several points. He argues that

the neglected mode is faster than the first baroclinic mode studied by KB99 and could perhaps account for the discrepancy between

Corresponding author address: Dr. Peter D. Killworth, Process Modelling Group, James Rennell Division, Southampton Oceanography Centre, Empress Dock, Southampton SO14 3ZH, United Kingdom. Email: pki@soc.soton.ac.uk

Introduction

Tailleux (2003, henceforth T03) makes an interesting suggestion, basically that there is another relevant vertical mode (termed here pseudobarotropic) present in linear, long planetary wave motion in the presence of bottom topography, which was mentioned but little discussed by Killworth and Blundell (1999, henceforth KB99). They found that the presence of topography did not, overall, increase the speed of planetary waves over the flat-bottomed case.

Tailleux raises several points. He argues that

the neglected mode is faster than the first baroclinic mode studied by KB99 and could perhaps account for the discrepancy between

Introduction

Tailleux (2003, henceforth T03) makes an interesting suggestion, basically that there is another relevant vertical mode (termed here pseudobarotropic) present in linear, long planetary wave motion in the presence of bottom topography, which was mentioned but little discussed by Killworth and Blundell (1999, henceforth KB99). They found that the presence of topography did not, overall, increase the speed of planetary waves over the flat-bottomed case.

Tailleux raises several points. He argues that

the neglected mode is faster than the first baroclinic mode studied by KB99 and could perhaps account for the discrepancy between

Corresponding author address: Dr. Peter D. Killworth, Process Modelling Group, James Rennell Division, Southampton Oceanography Centre, Empress Dock, Southampton SO14 3ZH, United Kingdom. Email: pki@soc.soton.ac.uk

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