Tuesday, June 17

10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Jemez Room

MS19
Numerical Modeling of Ocean Circulation (Part I of II)

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

10:30 Noteworthy Features of the World Ocean Circulation Seen in Multilayer Model Simulations
Rainer Bleck, University of Miami; and Sumner H. Dean, Los Alamos National Laboratory
11:00 The Effect of the Viscous Boundary Layer on Differential Systems for Ocean Flows
Gerald Browning, Colorado State University; H.-O. Kreiss, University of California, Los Angeles; and F. Olsson, Colorado State University
(Cancelled) 11:30 Diapycnal Mixing by Microstructures in the Ocean
Roland de Szoeke, Oregon State University
(Now speaking at 11:30) 12:00 Stochastic Theory of Adiabatic Stratified Turbulence
Richard D. Smith and John Dukowicz, Los Alamos National Laboratory

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