Dynamics and Instabilities of Ekman and Stewartson Layers

  • P. L. Read
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 329)


We review the basic dynamical properties and structures of the steady, laminar forms of the two principal rotationally-dominated boundary layers encountered in a homogeneous rotating fluid; the Ekman and Stewartson layers. The modifying influence of density stratification (due to thermal contrasts) is considered, and the main modes of instability exhibited by these boundary layers in the laboratory and in nature are discussed with regard to both observations and theory.


Boundary Layer Shear Layer Ekman Layer Ekman Transport Coriolis Acceleration 
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  • P. L. Read
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