- 98-361 Duan, J. , Holm, D. D. and Li, K.
- Variational Methods and Nonlinear Quasigeostrophic Waves
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May 25, 98
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Abstract. In this paper, the authors discuss the zonally periodic steady
quasigeostrophic waves in a $\beta-$plane channel,
by using variational methods. A class of steady quasigeostrophic waves
are determined by the potential vorticity field profile, $g(\cdot)$,
which is a function of the stream function.
They show that zonally periodic steady
quasigeostrophic waves exist
when the bottom topography and the potential vorticity field
are bounded. They also show that these waves are unique if, in addition,
the potential vorticity field profile is increasing and
passes through the origin.
Finally, they show that the zonal periodic wave
in the case with $g(\psi)=\arctan(\psi)$
is nonlinearly stable in the sense of Liapunov,
under a boundedness condition for the potential vorticity field
for this zonal periodic wave, or equivalently, under suitable
on the bottom topography, $\beta$ parameter, and zonal period $T$.