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Nils Brüggemann and Carsten Eden

, the setup considered in this study intends to simulate horizontally isotropic turbulence since we assume constant values of vertical and horizontal stratification as well as a constant planetary vorticity. Especially for larger scales, however, a change of the planetary vorticity causes a development of zonal jets and thus a highly anisotropic flow. A characteristic length scale of these zonal jets is the Rhines scale , where β is the change of planetary vorticity and U is a characteristic

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Alain Colin de Verdière and Michel Ollitrault

of both topography and oceanic motions (mesoscale eddies, internal waves). Difficulties in such estimations in the atmosphere have been explored by Smith (1978) , who emphasizes the topographic scales that need to be resolved for reliable estimates of the mountain drag. Because the spectrum of topographic slopes in the ocean is typically white at wavenumbers between 10 −2 and 10 cycles km −1 ( Bell 1975 ), the question of the choice of topography and velocity to be used for the evaluation of

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