Comments on “A Diagnostic Method for Computing the Surface Wind from the Geostrophic Wind Including the Effects of Baroclinity”

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  • 1 Department of Geosciences, Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, Louisiana
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Abstract

A numerical method for solving the generalized Ekman problem in which both geostrophic wind and eddy diffusivity are allowed to vary with height is used to compute surface cross-isobaric flow angles and surface winds. These are compared with Danard's calculations using similarity functions. There is remarkably good agreement in the results obtained with these two fundamentally different approaches to the momentum transfer problem.

Abstract

A numerical method for solving the generalized Ekman problem in which both geostrophic wind and eddy diffusivity are allowed to vary with height is used to compute surface cross-isobaric flow angles and surface winds. These are compared with Danard's calculations using similarity functions. There is remarkably good agreement in the results obtained with these two fundamentally different approaches to the momentum transfer problem.

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