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Adjoint goal-based error norms for adaptive mesh ocean modelling

Power, P. W., Piggott, M. D., Fang, F., Gorman, G. J., Pain, C. C., Marshall, D. P., Goddard, A. J. H. and Navon, I. M. (2006) Adjoint goal-based error norms for adaptive mesh ocean modelling. Ocean Modelling, 15 (1-2). pp. 3-38. ISSN 1463-5003

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Abstract/Summary

Flow in the world's oceans occurs at a wide range of spatial scales, from a fraction of a metre up to many thousands of kilometers. In particular, regions of intense flow are often highly localised, for example, western boundary currents, equatorial jets, overflows and convective plumes. Conventional numerical ocean models generally use static meshes. The use of dynamically-adaptive meshes has many potential advantages but needs to be guided by an error measure reflecting the underlying physics. A method of defining an error measure to guide an adaptive meshing algorithm for unstructured tetrahedral finite elements, utilizing an adjoint or goal-based method, is described here. This method is based upon a functional, encompassing important features of the flow structure. The sensitivity of this functional, with respect to the solution variables, is used as the basis from which an error measure is derived. This error measure acts to predict those areas of the domain where resolution should be changed. A barotropic wind driven gyre problem is used to demonstrate the capabilities of the method. The overall objective of this work is to develop robust error measures for use in an oceanographic context which will ensure areas of fine mesh resolution are used only where and when they are required. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:5480
Uncontrolled Keywords:FINITE-ELEMENT APPROXIMATIONS FUNCTIONAL OUTPUTS GRID ADAPTATION POTENTIAL VORTICITY PART II FLOWS SENSITIVITY OPTIMIZATION SUPERHELICITY EQUATIONS

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