Ekman transport

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Ekman transport

The total transport resulting from a balance between the Coriolis force and frictional stress at the bottom.

The Ekman transport is
ams2001glos-Ee18
where τ is the stress, ρ is the density, and f is the Coriolis parameter. The divergence and convergence of the Ekman transport driven by the wind stress is responsible for the wind-driven gyres.

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