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On the development of the theory of the QBOThe events that led to the discovery of the quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO) of the equatorial stratosphere are described together with the development of current QBO theory. Three independent areas of inquiry led to this theory: (1) the observational and theoretical studies of equatorial waves, (2) the theoretical study of the behavior of mountain waves at critical levels where the mean flow speed went to zero, and (3) the semiempirical study of the momentum budget of the QBO. The efforts in each of these three areas are discussed.
Document ID
19870054375
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Lindzen, Richard S. (MIT Cambridge, MA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 13, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1987
Publication Information
Publication: American Meteorological Society, Bulletin
Volume: 68
ISSN: 0003-0007
Subject Category
GEOSCIENCES (GENERAL)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NSF ATM-85-20354
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAGW-525
Distribution Limits
Public
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