On the response of the ocean to impulse

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Abstract

A preliminary investigation on transitory motions of “inertial” period is made with the help of simple models. The amplitudes of the displacements are evaluated when an initial impulse and a sudden cooling are imposed on a non-homogeneous sea. Then the effects of spatial variations or of lateral boundaries are considered. Allowing for a density stratification, the frequencies and phase dispersions corresponding to the diverse inertial modes are given.

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