The Schematics of Balance of Forces in the Planetary Boundary Layer

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  • 1 Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695
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Abstract

It is pointed out that in a rotating frame of reference, the friction force on a fluid element may not be parallel and opposite to the velocity vector, as commonly depicted in textbook schematics of the force balance in the friction layer. A better schematic representation of the same is suggested here.

Abstract

It is pointed out that in a rotating frame of reference, the friction force on a fluid element may not be parallel and opposite to the velocity vector, as commonly depicted in textbook schematics of the force balance in the friction layer. A better schematic representation of the same is suggested here.

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