Plume spreading test case for coastal ocean models


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Vera.Fofonova [ at ] awi.de

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We present a test case of river plume spreading to evaluate numerical methods used in ocean modeling. It includes an estuary-shelf system whose dynamics combine nonlinear flow regimes with sharp frontal boundaries and linear regimes with cross-shore geostrophic balance. This system is highly sensitive to physical or numerical dissipation and mixing. The main characteristics of the plume dynamics are predicted analytically, but are difficult to reproduce numerically because of numerical mixing present in the models. Our test case reveals the level of numerical mixing as well as the ability of models to reproduce nonlinear processes and frontal zone dynamics. We propose an analysis of simulated plume spreading which may be useful in more general studies of plume dynamics.



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Helmholtz Cross Cutting Activity (2021-2027)
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AGU fall meeting.
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55184
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Fofonova, V. , Kärnä, T. , Klingbeil, K. , Androsov, A. , Kuznetsov, I. , Sidorenko, D. , Danilov, S. , Burchard, H. and Wiltshire, K. H. (2021): Plume spreading test case for coastal ocean models , AGU fall meeting .


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