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NONLINEAR WESTERN BOUNDARY CURRENT FLOW NEAR A CORNER

PAGE, MA; JOHNSON, ER; (1991) NONLINEAR WESTERN BOUNDARY CURRENT FLOW NEAR A CORNER. DYNAM ATMOS OCEANS , 15 (6) 477 - 504.

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Abstract

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.

Type:Article
Title:NONLINEAR WESTERN BOUNDARY CURRENT FLOW NEAR A CORNER
Keywords:DRIVEN OCEAN CIRCULATION, ROTATING FLUID, MODELS
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Mathematics

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