Monatshefte für Mathematik

, Volume 188, Issue 4, pp 621–628 | Cite as

On an infinite-interval boundary-value problem in geophysics

  • Jifeng ChuEmail author


We derive a model for arctic gyre flows in rotating spherical coordinates that can be formulated as planar elliptic boundary-value problem by means of the stereographic projection. Moreover, for flows that are uniform in the azimuthal direction, the model is transformed to an infinite-interval boundary-value problem for a second-order ordinary differential equation. We investigate the existence of solutions of the infinite-interval boundary-value problem in the physically most relevant setting of constant oceanic vorticity using an integral re-formulation of the problem that also opens up the possibility of pursuing investigations of more general oceanic vorticities.


Boundary-value problem Second order equations Geophysical flows 

Mathematics Subject Classification

Primary 45G99 58J32 76B03 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsShanghai Normal UniversityShanghaiChina

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