Rotating Exchange Flow
COLORADO UNIV AT BOULDER
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Flow through ocean straits and channels helps set the water mass properties of the larger basins at each end. The long term goal of this research is an understanding of the roles that rotation and friction play in the transport and water mass mixing of flows through oceanic straits, channels and canyons. The influence of planetary rotation on exchange flow is studied. The Coriolis force and either boundary friction or interfacial friction for the case of layered exchange flows drive cross channel secondary circulations. The short term goals of this study are to understand the dynamics of these circulations and especially their influence on interfacial mixing in and transport through straits.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Fluid Mechanics