pure and applied geophysics

, Volume 101, Issue 1, pp 205–207 | Cite as

On the possibility of a convective vortex sheet in a fluid heated from below

  • Richard D. Rosen


A theoretical explanation for equatorial accelerations is briefly reviewed. A simple laboratory dishpan experiment is suggested to explore the possibility of the formation in a fluid of what may be termed aconvective vortex sheet, characterized by a sharp zone of horizontal shear in the mean motion field and whose dynamics should tend to produce an equatorial acceleration.


Vortex Theoretical Explanation Vortex Sheet Motion Field Horizontal Shear 
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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard D. Rosen
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  1. 1.Department of MeteorologyMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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