Recent developments in physical oceanographic modelling: Part III

Davies, Alan; Oey, Lie-Yauw. 2006 Recent developments in physical oceanographic modelling: Part III. Continental Shelf Research, 26 (12-13). p.1359.

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Following on from the first two volumes, this volume again presents a collection of numerical modelling research papers from experts in various countries with wide ranging experience in physical oceanographic numerical modelling of various topics. The problem of resolving small-scale topography and processes in numerical models and their impact upon the larger scale physics has received additional attention in recent years. As smaller scales are resolved in numerical models, the use of the hydrostatic assumption becomes more questionable, and the application of non-hydrostatic models has recently increased. These models will become increasingly important in the near future and papers illustrating process studies to understand physics, model application and code development are presented here and in Volume IV to follow. With increasing interest in small scales, particle tracking techniques are becoming more common and used very effectively in both a processes study and simulation paper presented here. In addition the design of an optimal grid to resolve small scales in regions where they are important is receiving significant attention and is illustrated here in connection with remotely and local forced flows in near coastal areas and regional oceans. The problem of generating optimal unstructured grids will also feature in Volume IV. The implications of small scale effects are also illustrated in papers concerned with residence time and shelf edge flows. A range of modelling scales is illustrated by studies ranging from laboratory scale through lakes to sea regions and shelf edges. Besides presenting new research the papers in these volumes contain a review element and very importantly some discussion of future developments in their respective fields. An indication of deficiencies in present data sets and advanced measurement requirements to parallel model development is given. It is hoped that by grouping the papers together a more coherent “state of the art” is presented than is normally possible in journals

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: POL Programmes
ISSN: 02784343
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Date made live: 21 Aug 2012 13:06 +0 (UTC)

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