On The Parametric Model of Western Boundary Outflow
A simple model equation for western boundary outflow in the Stommel model of the large scale ocean circulation is obtained by evaluating the potential vorticity equation at the western boundary. A series solution to this model equation demonstrates similar behavior to the boundary layer solution of the potential vorticity equation, in particular that “resonances” are present at a discrete series of parameter values which necessitate the addition of logarithms to the series; these resonances occur because the model equation has a logarithmic branch point at these values.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: McGill University
Publication date: January 1, 1994