pure and applied geophysics

, Volume 133, Issue 4, pp 665–689 | Cite as

On the general character of coastal flow

  • Roger L. Hughes


It is well-known that some coastal currents such as the Florida Current have a recirculating region on their coastal side, while other currents such as the East Australian Current have no such region. Under the hypothesis that the form drag on a coastal current by an irregular coastal topography reduces the momentum transport of the current to a minimum for the given flow within the current, the hydraulic theory of coastal currents is used to explain this behaviour.

Key words

Hydraulics coastal current topographic drag recirculating specific momentum 


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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Roger L. Hughes
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Atmospheric ResearchCSIROMordiallocAustralia

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