|Author(s)||Flament Pierre, Lumpkin Rick, Tournadre Jean, Armi Laurence|
|Affiliation(s)||Inst Francais Rech Exploitat Mer, Dept Oceanog Spatiale, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
Univ Hawaii, Sch Ocean & Earth Sci & Technol, Dept Oceanog, Honolulu, HI 96822 USA.
Florida State Univ, Dept Oceanog, Tallahassee, FL 32306 USA.
Univ Calif San Diego, Scripps Inst Oceanog, Inst Geophys & Planetary Phys, La Jolla, CA 92093 USA.
|Source||Journal of Fluid Mechanics (0022-1120) (Cambridge University Press), 2001-08 , Vol. 440 , P. 401-409|
|WOS© Times Cited||32|
|Keyword(s)||Vortex, Oceanic shear flow|
|Abstract||Observations of the downstream evolution of an oceanic zonal horizontal shear flow at a Reynolds number of about 10(11), formed as the westward North Equatorial Current passes the island of Hawai'i, reveal finite-amplitude anticyclonic vortices resulting from instability of the shear. The initial orbital period of the vortices is exactly one pendulum day (3.1 days at this latitude), centrifugal instability presumably inhibiting stronger vortices from forming. As they move downstream, they appear to pair and merge into successively larger vortices, in a geometric sequence of longer orbital periods; three subharmonic transitions are suggested with final orbital periods near 6, 12 and 24 days.|
Flament Pierre, Lumpkin Rick, Tournadre Jean, Armi Laurence (2001). Vortex pairing in an unstable anticyclonic shear flow: discrete subharmonics of one pendulum day. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 440, 401-409. Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022112001004955 , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00000/644/