Abstract
The angle between the wind stress that overlies the ocean and the resulting current at the ocean surface is calculated for a twolayer ocean with uniform eddy viscosity in the lower layer and for several assumed eddy viscosity profiles in the upper layer. The calculation of the deflection angle is greatly simplified by transforming the linear, secondorder, vertical structure equation to its associated nonlinear, firstorder, Riccati equation. The transformation to a Riccati equation can be used as an alternate numerical scheme, but its main advantage is that it yields analytic expressions for several eddy viscosity profiles.
Original language  English 

Article number  116604 
Number of pages  5 
Journal  Physics of Fluids 
Volume  32 
Issue number  11 
DOIs  
Publication status  Published  16 Nov 2020 
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A code for computing the surface deflection angle in an Ekman spiral for verticallyvarying eddy viscosity
Dritschel, D. G. (Creator), Zenodo, 2020
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