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Rossby radius of deformation

(Rossby deformation radius)
(length scale where rotation effects are significant)

The Rossby radius of deformation is the length scale at which rotational effects are as significant as buoyancy or gravity waves. It is significant for atmospheres and oceans. The associated dimensionless parameter is the Rossby number.


(atmosphere,weather)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rossby_radius_of_deformation

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