Tuesday Afternoon, October 24

Mathematical Problems Related to Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics (Part I of III)

The motion of the atmosphere and the ocean surrounding the earth is amazingly rich in its organization and complexity, and it involves a wide range of space and time scales. The study of these motions lead to challenging problems in physics, mathematical analysis and numerical computations and requires interactions between specialists of these fields. Understanding the weather and climate system will certainly have great practical and theoretical impacts. As we know, for instance, some of the underlying turbulent behaviors of the atmosphere can not be produced by experiment; therefore, studies in this directions are necessary for a better understanding of the turbulence.

This minisymposium will be oriented toward mathematical aspects of meteorology, oceanography, and climate problems. The topics to be covered are the existence and structure of solutions, the atmospheric and oceanic dynamics, the derivation of the atmosphere, the ocean and climate models. The speakers will discuss models and the primitive equations, shallow water equations, some statistical models, and the coupling models of the atmosphere and the ocean with chemistry.

Organizers: Roger Temam and Shouhong Wang
Indiana University, Bloomington

12:30 The Dynamical Systems Corresponding to the Climate Equations
Roger Temam, Organizer

1:00 Development of Fronts in a 2-D Model for Quasigeostrophic Flow
Andrew Majda, Princeton University; and Esteban G. Tabak, Courant Institute, New York University

1:30 On a Shallow Water Problem
Pierre Orenga, Universite de Corse, France

2:00 Weather and Climate Modeling at Argonne National Laboratory
Hans Kaper, Argonne National Laboratory

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