10:30 AM-12:30 PM
An understanding of ocean circulation is important in fields that include climate modeling, weather prediction, the monitoring of biological species, and the operation of off-shore structures. For example, the ocean has a major impact on global climate due in part to its enormous capacity to store and transport heat energy. However, due to the scarcity of data and the complexity of time-dependent oceanic flows, the study of the ocean's role in climate must include high-resolution numerical simulations over periods of many years. Existing numerical ocean models have reached a high level of sophistication, but major improvements are still needed in the description of ocean physics and in the efficiency and accuracy of numerical algorithms. In this minisymposium, the speakers will describe recent developments in these areas.
Organizer: Robert L. Higdon
Oregon State University
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