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On the Depth of the Equatorial Planetary Boundary Layer

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Chang, Chih-Pei
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1973-04
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The solutions of the linear equatorial boundary layer are evaluated and found to be dependent on both the depth of the modelled boundary layer and the mode of symmetry about the equator. The inclusion of the fricational effect at levels higher than the usually assumed 1-km boundary layer depth is crucial to the concentration convergence around the critical latitude. It is therefore suggested that the top of the boundary layer in tropical wave models should be properly selected in order to represent the deep convergence around the crtical latitude.
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The article of record as published may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/1520-0469(1973)030<0436:OTDOTE>2.0.CO;2
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This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant GA-23488 to the University of Washington and by the Environmental Prediction Research Facility under Projects 55319 and 55514 at the Naval Postgraduate School.
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Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, Volume 30, pp. 436-443, April 1973.
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