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A new theory for tropical instability waves

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Münnich,  Matthias
MPI for Meteorology, Max Planck Society;

Latif,  Mojib
MPI for Meteorology, Max Planck Society;

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Münnich, M., & Latif, M. (1998). A new theory for tropical instability waves. Report / Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie, 268.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0005-7CC3-4
Abstract
Large-scale westward propagating waves, so-called "Legeckis" or "Tropical Instabil- ity Waves", are a prominent feature of sea surface temperature images of the equatorial Pacific. Our analyses of satellite altimetry data and long-term moorings reveals that the Legeckis waves can be interpreted as a superposition of two distinct wave modes, a first equatorial Rossby wave and a Rossby-gravity wave. We present evidence that the energy sources for both waves are the mean currents. Our results imply that Legeckis waves can be explained within the framework of linear equatorial waves.