Anisotropic spectra in two-dimensional turbulence on the surface of a rotating sphere

Huei Ping Huang, Boris Galperin, Semion Sukoriansky

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The anisotropic characteristics of small-scale turbulence on the surface of a rotating sphere are described. Under strong rotation, a -5/3 slope prevails in other sectors far away from the zonal axis. This picture is consistent with the new flow regime. The concentration of energy in the zonal components and breaking of isotropy are caused by the anisotropic energy transfer. The capacity for the zonal jets to hold energy and remain stable increases with an increase of the meridional scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-240
Number of pages16
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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