An important dynamical question involves how oceanic balanced flows lose energy. Recent numerical and analytical studies suggest topography catalyzes energy exchanges between balanced flows and a variety of unbalanced phenomena, which presumably leads to dissipation. We here develop a general theory of inviscid balanced flow interactions with walls that predicts submesoscale and unbalanced flow generation. Comparison with primitive equation-based numerical experiments supports the basic tenets of the theory.
Dewar, W. K., Pavel Berloff, and Andrew M. Hogg. 2011. "Submesoscale generation by boundaries." Journal of Marine Research 69, (4). https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/journal_of_marine_research/315