meridional flow


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meridional flow

[mə′rid·ē·ən·əl ′flō]
(meteorology)
A type of atmospheric circulation pattern in which the meridional (north and south) component of motion is unusually pronounced; the accompanying zonal component is usually weaker than normal.
(oceanography)
Current moving along a meridian.
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The basic rationale is that a deeper ASL results in stronger meridional flow, which then transports more sea salt aerosol to West Antarctic ice core sites (Kreutz et al.
In 2012, he reported new details on how this meridional flow might regulate magnetic fields at the sun's poles.
The mechanism, known as meridional flow, works something like a conveyor belt.
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The duration of a solar cycle is probably determined by the strength of the sun's meridional flow, according to scientist Mausumi Dikpati.
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Nevertheless, in order to satisfy the mass continuity we use an equal meridional flow of water in this zonal boundary similar to the Strait of Gibraltar flow.
The dominant components of the meridional flow of cold water are western intensified both within the Atlantic and within its subbasins, which are defined by abyssal ridges.
The meridional flow is required to carry tangled magnetic flux from the equator to the poles and reset the field.
Hathaway and other researchers say they're now convinced that a flow of ionized gas, or plasma, known as the meridional flow controls the strength of the solar cycle (SN: 4/10/10, p.