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Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union

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Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 24, 265-278, 2017
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09 Jun 2017
A simple kinematic model for the Lagrangian description of relevant nonlinear processes in the stratospheric polar vortex
Víctor José García-Garrido et al.


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Our work shows that a simple kinematic model is able to retain the fundamental mechanisms responsible for complex fluid parcel evolution in the stratosphere. Our analysis justifies in a controlled manner the formation of filaments eroding the polar vortex and shows that the breaking and splitting of the polar vortex is explained by the sudden growth of a planetary wave and the decay of the axisymmetric flow.
Our work shows that a simple kinematic model is able to retain the fundamental mechanisms...