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Recent developments in geophysical fluid dynamics: Waves, Turbulence and Transport in the Atmosphere and Ocean (co-organized)
Convener: Uwe Harlander  | Co-Conveners: Joe LaCasce , Michael Kurgansky , Andreas Will , Wolf-Gerrit Fruh , François G. Schmitt , Pilar López González-Nieto , Luca Sorriso-Valvo , Claudia Cherubini 
 / Fri, 17 Apr, 08:30–12:00
 / Attendance Fri, 17 Apr, 17:30–19:00

Recent developments in geophysical fluid dynamics

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (GFD) is dealing with various aspects of the mathematical descriptions of rotating stratified fluids starting from the physical laws of hydro-thermo-dynamics. Historically, Physicists and Mathematicians originating from various disciplines developed physical and numerical models with increasing complexity, adding to our fundamental understanding of such flows and thereby unifying these fields. Today GFD is a truly interdisciplinary field of its own, which encompasses multiscale flows of planetary atmospheres and oceans, their weather and climate, and the motions of 'the solid Earth'.

In this session we invite contributions expanding our understanding of the complex behavior of geophysical flows, presenting novel techniques that either facilitate a deeper understanding or improve the efficacy of numerical procedures involved, and/or reviewing major advances in a particular aspect of geophysical fluid dynamics. The interdisciplinary character of dynamical and computational aspects of this session encourages an exchange of ideas and contributions across various fields, such as meteorology, oceanography, astrophysics, geological fluid dynamics, applied mathematics, and computational fluid dynamics with applications to ocean and atmosphere.

Waves, Turbulence and Transport in the Atmosphere and Ocean

This year we invite in particular contributions on the role of convection in stratified geophysical flows and the understanding of multiscale phenomena. We focus on the question how convection governs the dynamics of geophysical flows and to a lesser extend on possible parameterizations for convection.

The session is devoted to mixing and transport in geophysical and environmental flows. The transport includes that of passive tracers (e.g. oil, volcanic dust, chemical and biological constituents) and also active ones (e.g. density and vorticity). Theoretical, experimental and modelling results are all of interest, as are methodologies which can be used across traditional disciplines. The goal is that such studies will yield greater understanding of the turbulent processes occurring in the atmosphere and ocean.