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Solitary waves on an unsymmetrical shear flow with applications to Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Authors
Journal
Icarus
0019-1035
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
41
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0019-1035(80)90224-9

Abstract

Abstract A baroclinic model of the Jovian atmosphere is assumed. The zonal flow in the neighborhood of the Great Red Spot has been modeled by an unsymmetrical shear layer. The calculated solitary wave flow fields consist of various combinations of regions of closed streamlines and regions of reversed flow. Some of these flows fields closely resemble those observed around the Great Red Spot but the lack of accurate atmospheric data makes it difficult to determine the type of flow field that would be predicted by the theory.

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