Continuous conservation

The discretization of pimitive equation in -coordinate ( time and space varying vertical coordinate) must be chosen so that the discrete equation of the model satisfy integral constrains on energy and enstrophy.

Let us first establish those constraint in the continuous world. The total energy ( kinetic plus potential energies) is conserved :

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under the following assumptions: no dissipation, no forcing (wind, buoyancy flux, atmospheric pressure variations), mass conservation, and closed domain.

This equation can be transformed to obtain several sub-equalities. The transformation for the advection term depends on whether the vector invariant form or the flux form is used for the momentum equation. Using (C.2) and introducing (A.15) in (C.3) for the former form and Using (C.1) and introducing (A.16) in (C.3) for the latter form leads to:

where is the gradient along the -surfaces.

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The prognostic ocean dynamics equation can be summarized as follows:

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Vector invariant form:

Flux form:

(C.6c) is the balance between the conversion KE to PE and PE to KE. Indeed the left hand side of (C.6c) can be transformed as follows:

where the last equality is obtained by noting that the brackets is exactly the expression of , the vertical velocity referenced to the fixe -coordinate system (see (A.5)).

The left hand side of (C.6c) can be transformed as follows:

introducing the hydrostatic balance in the last term, it becomes:
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Gurvan Madec and the NEMO Team

NEMO European Consortium2017-02-17