# Homework Help: Sverdrup Dynamics

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1. Oct 26, 2014

### geojon

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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2. Oct 31, 2014