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Multi-modal excitation to model the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation

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The quasibiennial oscillation (QBO) of stratospheric winds is the most striking example of mean-flow generation and reversal by the nonlinear interactions of internal waves. Previous studies have used an idealized monochromatic forcing to investigate the QBO. Here we instead force a more realistic continuous wave spectrum. Unexpectedly, spreading the wave energy across a wide frequency range leads to more regular oscillations. We also find that different forcing spectra can yield the same QBO. Multimodal wave forcing is thus essential for understanding wave–mean-flow interactions in nature.
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hal-03099186 , version 1 (06-01-2021)

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P Léard, D Lecoanet, M. Le Bars. Multi-modal excitation to model the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation. Physical Review Letters, 2020, 125, pp.234501. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.125.234501⟩. ⟨hal-03099186⟩
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