We apply the wave-kinetic approach to study nonlinearly coupled Rossby wave-zonal flow fluid turbulence in a two-dimensional rotating fluid. Specifically, we consider for the first time nonlinear excitations of zonal flows by a broad spectrum of Rossby wave turbulence. Short-wavelength Rossby waves are described here as a fluid of quasi-particles, and are referred to as the 'Rossbyons'. It is shown that Reynolds stresses of Rossbyons can generate large-scale zonal flows. The result should be useful in understanding the origin of large-scale planetary and near-Earth atmospheric circulations. It also provides an example of a turbulent wave background driving a coherent structure.
- Rossby wave-zonal flow fluid turbulence
- nonlinear excitations
- zonal flows
- Reynolds stresses
- turbulent wave background
Mendonça, J. T., Shukla, P. K., & Bingham, R. (2009). Nonlinear excitation of zonal flows by rossby wave turbulence. New Journal of Physics, 11, . https://doi.org/10.1088/1367-2630/11/7/073038