In this paper we extend Benjamin's analysis to the case of gravity currents in rotating channels. The parameter expressing the strength of the background rotation in this situation is the ratio of the width of the channel to the Rossby radius of deformation. It is shown that for prescribed upstream vorticity conditions in the current, unique, non-dissipative solutions for the propagation speed and upstream structure of the current may be determined for all levels of background rotation. The predictions of the theory are compared with the results of laboratory experiments and are shown to be in good agreement.
1. Benjamin, T. B. (1968) J. Fluid Mech. Vol. 31, pp. 209-248
Based on: ``On the propagation of internal bores'' by Klemp, Rotunno and Skamarock, J. Fluid Mech. (1997), vol. 331, pp. 81-106.
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