In this paper, we proved the local energy decay and some L p-L q decay properties of solutions to the initial-boundary value problem for the Stokes equations of compressible viscous fluid flow in a 2-dimensional exterior domain. Kobayashi (1997)  and Kobayashi and Shibata (1999)  treated the same problem in a 3-dimensional exterior domain, and our results obtained in this paper are an extension of results in Kobayashi (1997)  and Kobayashi and Shibata (1999)  to the 2-dimensional case. The fundamental solution to the resolvent equations for the Stokes equations in ℝ 2 has a logarithmical singularity at λ=0, λ being a resolvent parameter, while it is continuous up to λ=0 in ℝ 3. This difference requires us a new idea to prove the local energy decay estimate. Once getting the local energy decay estimate, the required L p-L q decay estimates in the exterior domain are obtained by combining the local energy estimate and the L p-L q estimates in ℝ 2 by a cut-off technique.
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