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Geophysical Dynamics

  1. May 3, 2017 #1
    Why does the planetary boundary layer velocity profile shows a sinusoidal variation with height?
    Reference: Fig:14.10 Page 576 Fluid Mechanics - Kundu and Cohen 2nd edition
     
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  3. May 4, 2017 #2

    Nidum

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    I don't see any mention of sinusoidal variation with height in the text ? Perhaps you have misinterpreted what is shown in fig 4.10 (b) ?

    I think that the general topic is explained quite well by the author .

    Please post new questions if you have any specific problems .
     
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  4. May 4, 2017 #3
    Thanks Nidum for your reply. I know that the general topic is explained quite well in the text but the author has presented the boundary layer velocity profile in the figure without explaining why there is an undulation of the velocity profile with height. You won't find such undulations in the general boundary layer velocity profiles on a flat plate.
     
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  5. May 5, 2017 #4

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  6. May 6, 2017 #5

    davenn

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    interesting article, thanks :smile:



    I don't have access to that article/book ... it would be good for you to copy and paste the section or if you cannot, scan it or at bare minimum type out the paragraph or two that you are referring to, so that we are all on the same page

    As a result, I have no idea which boundary you are referring to ??
    Moho ?, upper/lower mantle ?, mantle/outer core ?


    assuming you are referring to one of my listed ones, and probably the Moho boundary,

    Why would you expect to ? the earth isn't flat and nor are the layers and their boundaries


    Dave
     
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  8. May 7, 2017 #7
    Thank you all for showing your keen interest in answering the question I've posed. Davenn I am reffering to the Ekman boundary layer profile that you have in your lecture notes on page number 24 figure15 a.
     
  9. May 8, 2017 #8

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    ohhh, we are going up, not down, I guessed that wrong .... will do some reading :smile:
     
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