Mechanisms and Unresolved Questions in Ocean Dynamics

The ocean is a significant part of the global Earth climate system. Processes within the ocean important to climate involve length scales from those of the Earth itself down to the Kolmogorov scale and range in time from seconds to millennia.  As these processes are also often connected dynamically, the proper modeling of the ocean system emerges as a formidable theoretical and computational fluid dynamics problem. This talk will outline briefly some of the more significant open questions in ocean dynamics belonging to this multi-scale category and discuss recent relevant contributions to them.

William Dewar, Florida State University

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