Ocean Size
Wind Stress
Basin Depth
Friction Force
Coriolis Force
Coriolis Force Variation
with Latitude
Visual Product
Parameter
Parameter Values
Ocean Size
(km)
Wind Stress
(dyne/cm2)
Basin Depth
(m)
Friction Force
(cm)
Coriolis Force
(cm)
Coriolis Force Variation
with Latitude
(cm)
This ocean basin model is based on a model of Henry Stommel in The Westward Intensification of Wind-Driven Ocean Currents from Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Vol. 29, No. 2, 1948, pp 202-206. This model assumes a rectangular ocean basin:

This computer model allows you to experiment with the wind-driven circulation in a homogeneous, rectangular ocean basin under the influence of surface wind stress, bottom friction, horizontal pressure gradients and the Coriolis force.