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Triple cascade behaviour in QG and drift turbulence and generation of zonal jets

By Sergey Nazarenko and Brenda E. Quinn

Abstract

We study quasigeostrophic (QG) and plasma drift turbulence within the Charney-Hasegawa-Mima (CHM) model. We focus on the zonostrophy, an extra invariant in the CHM model, and on its role in the formation of zonal jets. We use a generalized Fjørtoft argument for the energy, enstrophy, and zonostrophy and show that they cascade anisotropically into nonintersecting sectors in k space with the energy cascading towards large zonal scales. Using direct numerical simulations of the CHM equation, we show that zonostrophy is well conserved, and the three invariants cascade as predicted by the Fjørtoft argument

Topics: QA, QC
Publisher: American Physical Society
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:2335

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