Available energy of geophysical systems

Peter R. Bannon

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An alternative derivation of the available energy for a geophysical fluid system is presented. It is shown that determination of the equilibrium temperature of the system by the minimization of an energy availability function is equivalent to that found by the vanishing of the entropy difference between the fluid and its equilibrium state. Applications to the atmosphere and the ocean are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2650-2654
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science


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