5th International workshop on modeling the ocean

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Multi-scale interactions in ocean circulation dynamics and variability

Bo Qiu (bo@soest.hawaii.edu)


Ocean circulation changes on various spatial and temporal scales and in most cases these changes occupy a continuum spectrum of scales.  Understanding the interactions among these various scales is of fundamental importance for both the equilibration of the ocean general circulation and the intrinsic variability embedded in it. This section seeks contributions of numerical, theoretical and observational studies on multi-scale interactions.


Circulation and Dynamics in Shelf Sea

Jianping Gan (magan@ust.hk) and Bjørn Ådlandsvik (bjorn@imr.no)


The circulation and dynamics in shelf seas are governed by the forcing  processes arising from wind stress, tides, flow-topography interaction and remote current intrusions. This session invites presentations on all aspects of shelf sea circulation and dynamics. Contributions based on numerical, theoretical and observational studies are welcomed.


Dynamics of Muddy Coasts and Estuaries

Xiao Hua Wang (hua.wang@adfa.edu.au)


In recent decades, coastal development such as land reclamation, dredging, increased navigation, oil and gas infrastructure construction, and sediment/nutrients run-off due to increased human activity in the catchment areas has reached new heights as a consequence of significant economic expansion in the coastal areas. A better understanding of the impact of these development activities on dynamics and physics of fine sediment suspension, transport and settling is key to an integrated coastal zone management in turbid coastal and estuarine environments. This session concerns topics from both observation and modelling of dynamics and sediment transport in the muddy coasts and estuaries. An important aim is to understand coastal processes before, during and after construction of coastal infrastructure. Interdisciplinary studies such as sediment effect on biogeochemical processes in these environments will also be welcome.


Surface waves, the parameterisation of wind stress and their effect on ocean circulation

Richard Greatbatch (rgreatbatch@geomar.de) and Alastair Jenkins (alastair.jenkins@uni.no)


Commonly used wind stress parameterisations, such as Large and Pond, do not explicitly account for surface waves or, indeed, the ocean surface velocity. Yet it has been known for a long time that both surface waves and the ocean surface velocity can have a major impact on the stress at the surface of the ocean and hence on the resulting circulation. Surface waves also influence ocean circulation through the effect of the wave radiation stress and the so-called vortex force. This session invites talks that address how surface waves, and different approaches to wind stress parameterisation, can influence the larger scale ocean circulation.


Coupled bio-physical ocean models

Huijie Xue (hxue@maine.edu) and Corinna Schrum (corinna.schrum@gfi.uib.no)


We welcome contributions of model studies on nutrient and phytoplankton dynamics, biogeochemical processes, carbon cycling, life history, population dynamics in marine environments.


Modelling and Prediction of Extreme Marine Events

Jinyu Sheng (jinyu.Sheng@Dal.Ca)


Reliable modelling and prediction of extreme marine events are essential in order to quantify the risk to personnel and to measure the economic viability of activities such as marine transportation, oil and gas exploration and coastal infrastructure. Extreme marine events are caused by a variety of factors that vary spatially in the global ocean. This session seeks presentations on various aspects of analysis, numerical modeling and prediction of extreme marine events such as extreme sea levels, extreme ocean waves and extreme ocean currents.  Topics may also include development and applications of new tools and methodologies for the assessment of changes in the frequency and severity of extreme marine events under greenhouse warming scenarios