In a fluid, conditions where surfaces of constant pressure are parallel to surfaces of constant temperature. This state is equivalent to zero → baroclinicity.
Fr.: gaz barotrope
A gas whose density is a function solely of pressure.
→ barotropic; → gas.
Fr.: instabilité barotrope
A hydrodynamical instability that arises when the horizontal → shear gradient becomes very large. Barotropic instabilities grow by extracting kinetic energy from the mean flow field.
→ barotropic; → instability.