Plume spreading test case


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Vera.Fofonova [ at ] awi.de

Abstract

We present a test case of river plume spreading to evaluate numerical methods used in coastal 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 present numerical solutions for Thetis and FESOM-C models on an unstructured triangular mesh, as well as ones for GETM and FESOM-C models on a quadrilateral mesh.



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Helmholtz Cross Cutting Activity (2021-2027)
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Friday Seminar, 05 Nov 2021 - 05 Nov 2021, Bremerhaven.
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55191
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Fofonova, V. , Kärnä, T. , Klingbeil, K. , Androsov, A. , Kuznetsov, I. , Sidorenko, D. , Burchard, H. and Wiltshire, K. H. (2021): Plume spreading test case , Friday Seminar, Bremerhaven, 5 November 2021 - 5 November 2021 .


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