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Rossby waves; caustics; turning points; Lagrange manifold; WKB
Rossby wave equations characterize a class of wave phenomena occurring in geophysical fluid dynamics. One technique useful in the analysis of these waves is the geometrical optics, or multi-dimensional WKB technique. Near caustics, e.g., in critical regions, this technique does not apply. A related technique that does apply near caustics is the Lagrange Manifold Formalism. Here we apply the Lagrange Manifold Formalism to study Rossby waves near caustics.
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