Articles | Volume 24, issue 1
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 24, 61–75, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-24-61-2017
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 24, 61–75, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-24-61-2017
Research article
30 Jan 2017
Research article | 30 Jan 2017

The fully nonlinear stratified geostrophic adjustment problem

Aaron Coutino and Marek Stastna

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We have re-examined the classical geostrophic adjustment problem, where a disturbance of a density stratification is released from rest in a rotating frame of reference, from a numerical point of view. This has enabled us to consider the governing equations without approximations. We show that both the waves generated and the remaining state exhibit nonlinear effects. Due to advances in available computational power, we can now revisit classical problems and solve them completely.