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dc.contributor.authorDubosq, Sara-
dc.contributor.authorViúdez, Álvaro-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Physical Oceanography 37(9): 2331-2344 (2007)en_US
dc.description14 pages, 19 figures, 1 table.-- Full-text version available Open Access at: http://www.icm.csic.es/files/oce/almacen/papers/AR-2007-15.pdfen_US
dc.description.abstractFrontal collisions of mesoscale baroclinic dipoles are numerically investigated using a three-dimensional, Boussinesq, and f-plane numerical model that explicitly conserves potential vorticity on isopycnals. The initial conditions, obtained using the potential vorticity initialization approach, consist of twin baroclinic dipoles, balanced (void of waves) and static and inertially stable, moving in opposite directions. The dipoles may collide in a close-to-axial way (cyclone–anticyclone collisions) or nonaxially (cyclone–cyclone or anticyclone–anticyclone collisions). The results show that the interacting vortices may bounce back and interchange partners, may merge reaching a tripole state, or may squeeze between the outer vortices. The formation of a stable tripole from two colliding dipoles is possible but is dependent on diffusion effects. It is found that the nonaxial dipole collisions can be characterized by the interchange between the domain-averaged potential and kinetic energy. Dipole collisions in two-dimensional flow display also a variety of vortex interactions, qualitatively similar to the three-dimensional cases.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipWe acknowledge partial support from the Spanish Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia (Grant CGL2005-01450/CLI).en_US
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dc.publisherAmerican Meteorological Societyen_US
dc.publisherAllen Press-
dc.titleThree-dimensional mesoscale dipole frontal collisionsen_US
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer revieweden_US
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