A linear equivalent barotropic model of the Antarctic circumpolar current with realistic coastlines and bottom topography

Publication Type  Journal Article
Year of Publication  1996
Authors  Krupitsky, A.; Kamenkovich, V. M.; Naik, N.; Cane, M. A.
Journal Title  Journal of Physical Oceanography
Volume  26
Issue  9
Pages  1803-1824
Journal Date  Sep
ISBN Number  0022-3670
Accession Number  ISI:A1996VM28400008
Key Words  homogeneous model; southern-ocean; drake passage; circulation; transport; channel

A linear equivalent barotropic (EB) model is applied to study the effects of the bottom topography H and baroclinicity on the total transport and the position of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC). The model is based on the observation of Killworth that the time mean velocity held of the FRAM Model is self-similar in the vertical.A realistic large-scale topography (H) over bar is constructed by filtering 5-minute resolution data with an appropriate smoothing kernel. It is shown that the asymptotic behavior of the solution of the barotropic model (a particular case of the EB model) in the limit of very small bottom friction depends on subtle details of topography and basin geometry. Given the uncertainties of the smoothing procedure the authors conclude that the barotropic model is not robust with respect to possible variations of model topography.The authors found that the EB model with a vertical profile function similar to that of Killworth reproduces the major features of the time- and depth-averaged FRAM solution, including the position and the transport of the ACC, reasonably well. The solution is robust with respect to uncertainties in (H) over bar. The EB model is much improved by a parameterization of the bottom friction via near-bottom velocity, which tends to shut off the flow in the shallow regions.


Vm284Times Cited:22Cited References Count:46

URL  <Go to ISI>://A1996VM28400008