Homogeneous Models of the Wind-Driven Oceanic Circulation
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From ancient times descriptions of the movement of the sea have emphasized both change and continuity. Sudden, violent change and hypnotic steadiness are the dramatic elements of many a sea story. With the advent of the great age of navigation and exploration a more systematic description of the general pattern of the oceanic circulation began to emerge. It is clear now that a time-averaged circulation pattern exists in all oceans, although its observations may be significantly distorted by the presence of energetic fluctuations.
KeywordsWind Stress Western Boundary Homogeneous Model Bottom Friction Relative Vorticity
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