John Marshall

Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Oceanography, MIT

Comment on “Localized convection in rotating stratified fluid” by J. A. Whitehead et al. Reply

Comment on “Localized convection in rotating stratified fluid” by J. A. Whitehead et al. Reply.

(Whitehead, JA and Marshall, J), JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, vol. 103, no. C6, pp. pages, 1998.

Abstract

(BoRs) hmax= C• N’(1) where Rs is the source radius, Bo is the buoyancy flux per unit area, N is the background buoyancy frequency, and C1• 4.6 is an empirical constant. This result was explained by using a phenomenological model based on the assumption that h max is determined by a balance between the total buoyancy flux de-livered by the source (-BoRs 2)and the buoyancy flux removed laterally (“• N3h3Rs) from the convective region by eddies that develop at the rim of the convecting region due to baroclinic instabilities.

doi = 10.1029/98JC00451