Ekman Layers: Introduction

In regions where the atmosphere 'rubs' against the surface of the earth, frictional effects become important and play a role in the balance of forces. The boundary layer, sandwiched between the lower surface and the free atmosphere above, is known as the Ekman layer, after Vagn Ekman, a Swedish oceanographer. In this project we study the effects of friction on large-scale circulation using atmospheric data and tank experiments.

This EAPS project is supported by the National Science Foundation.