NONLINEAR WESTERN BOUNDARY CURRENT FLOW NEAR A CORNER.
DYNAM ATMOS OCEANS
477 - 504.
This paper analyses a western boundary current striking a solid boundary. Interest is concentrated on the case where inertial effects are sufficient to modify the flow from its 'Stommel-layer' form with Ekman friction relatively unimportant in the interior. It is shown that, beyond a critical inflow speed, a complicated system of four asymptotic regions forms near the corner, turning some of the flow along the blocking boundary and then returning it westwards to rejoin the western boundary current. A comparison with the results of a simple ocean model shows that many of the features in that flow can be explained through the asymptotic theory.
|Title:||NONLINEAR WESTERN BOUNDARY CURRENT FLOW NEAR A CORNER|
|Keywords:||DRIVEN OCEAN CIRCULATION, ROTATING FLUID, MODELS|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
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