Modeling oceanic isolated vortices



On March 25–26, 1985, with the support of the Office of Naval Research, a 2-day workshop was held at the Florida State University, Tallahassee, to discuss and summarize the recent developments in modeling of oceanic isolated vortices such as intense eddies and solitary waves. The interest in these oceanic features stems from their ubiquity and large amplitudes. Indeed, they contribute to most of the oceanic motion within the mesoscale range (50–500 km in space and 2–20 days in time) and are believed to control, to a great extent, such important processes as mean circulation, meridional heat flux, and dissipation over basin-wide scales, without counting their biological and other impacts.