A note on the dynamic boundary conditions in Munk-like circulation models
Istituto Talassografico del CNR Viale Romolo Gessi 2, 34123 Trieste, Italy
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Published online: 6 March 2003
The present note deals with Munk's ocean model and proposes an alternative approach to find its solution, with special regard to the western boundary layer. We introduce a suitable “distance” between the related Sverdrup streamfunction and all the admissible streamfunctions which are valid in the western boundary layer. We prove that such distance has a minimum that singles out a unique solution. Unlike the traditional method, this procedure works without assuming a priori any dynamic boundary condition.
PACS: 92.10.Fj – Dynamics of the upper ocean
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2003