Articles | Volume 16, issue 5
Ocean Sci., 16, 1089–1093, 2020
Ocean Sci., 16, 1089–1093, 2020

Research article 18 Sep 2020

Research article | 18 Sep 2020

The Ekman spiral for piecewise-uniform viscosity

David G. Dritschel et al.


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Short summary
Ekman's (1905) solution for how wind affects ocean surface currents is revisited and extended analytically for a piecewise-constant profile of vertical diffusion. This allows a comprehensive understanding of how the surface current deflection angle relative to the wind direction varies with the profile of vertical diffusion.