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Homework Help: Sverdrup Dynamics

  1. Oct 26, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Compute the Sverdrup transport (in units of Sverdrups) across 350 N in an ocean that is 6,500 km wide at that latitude, if the curl of the wind stress is -10-7 Pa/m. Wht is the direction of this transport?

    2. Relevant equations
    My = (1/β) * curlHt*w. Where, t is Tau (wind stress)

    β = df/dy ...(Beta Effect is the change in Coriolis with latitude)

    f = 2Ωsinθ ...(Coriolis Parameter in s-1

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I've attached a pdf of my work. Where I am weary is in my calculation of the βeta Effect. The Beta Effect reflects change in Coriolis (f) North-South in the v-direction, and is given by rate of change of f over the rate of change in y (v-direction). What I have done though, really, is just found the Coriolis parameter at 350 N latitude for the top term, and used the width of the basin (6,500km) as my change in y (dy), as if the ocean is 6,500km across in the N-S direction. I'm not confident in this, but it's my best go at it, so far.

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  3. Oct 31, 2014 #2
    Thanks for the post! Sorry you aren't generating responses at the moment. Do you have any further information, come to any new conclusions or is it possible to reword the post?
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