Statistical mechanics and ocean circulation

Citation:
Salmon, R.  2012.  Statistical mechanics and ocean circulation. Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation. 17:2144-2152.

Date Published:

May

Keywords:

flow, models, Monte Carlo method, ocean circulation, Statistical mechanics, turbulence

Abstract:

We apply equilibrium statistical mechanics based upon the conservation of energy and potential enstrophy to the mass-density distribution within the ocean, using a Monte Carlo method that conserves the buoyancy of each fluid particle. The equilibrium state resembles the buoyancy structure actually observed. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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DOI:

10.1016/j.cnsns.2011.05.044