Langmuir circulation

1927

Langmuir circulation

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Irving Langmuir oceanography

Langmuir circulation

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Langmuir circulating rolls of water are not always perfectly aligned with the direction of the wind. Langmuir circulation is caused by wind-driven drift from wave motions (Stokes drift). These create a circular motions that are pushed downwind by the drift’s shear.

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