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Allison and Lumetta 1990

Allison, M., and J.T. Lumetta, 1990: A simple inertial model for Neptune's zonal circulation. Geophys. Res. Lett., 17, 2269-2272, doi:10.1029/GL017i012p02269.

Voyager imaging observations of zonal cloud-tracked winds on Neptune revealed a strongly subrotational equatorial jet with a speed approaching 500 m/s and generally decreasing retrograde motion toward the poles. The wind data are interpreted with a speculative but revealingly simple model based on steady gradient flow balance and an assumed global homogenization of potential vorticity for shallow layer motion. The prescribed model flow profile relates the equatorial velocity to the mid-latitude shear, in reasonable agreement with the available data, and implies a global horizontal deformation scale LD ≃ 3000 km.

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  author={Allison, M. and Lumetta, J. T.},
  title={A simple inertial model for Neptune's zonal circulation},
  journal={Geophys. Res. Lett.},

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ID  - al03100m
AU  - Allison, M.
AU  - Lumetta, J. T.
PY  - 1990
TI  - A simple inertial model for Neptune's zonal circulation
JA  - Geophys. Res. Lett.
VL  - 17
SP  - 2269
EP  - 2272
DO  - 10.1029/GL017i012p02269
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