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Nonlinear Features of Equatorial Ocean Flows

By David Henry  
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We examine whether certain oceanographic features of equatorial flows can be modeled using a linear theoretical framework. In particular, we show, using elementary mathematical considerations, that linearization fails to capture the emergence and persistence of large coherent structures that are representative of upwelling and downwelling processes.


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