EGU21-10935, updated on 04 Mar 2021
EGU General Assembly 2021
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Higher order schemes in time for the surface quasi-geostrophic system under location uncertainty

Camilla Fiorini1,2, Long Li1, and Étienne Mémin1
Camilla Fiorini et al.
  • 1Inria Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique

In this work we consider the surface quasi-geostrophic (SQG) system under location uncertainty (LU) and propose a Milstein-type scheme for these equations. The LU framework, first introduced in [1], is based on the decomposition of the Lagrangian velocity into two components: a large-scale smooth component and a small-scale stochastic one. This decomposition leads to a stochastic transport operator, and one can, in turn, derive the stochastic LU version of every classical fluid-dynamics system. 

    SQG is a simple 2D oceanic model with one partial differential equation, which models the stochastic transport of the buoyancy, and an operator which relies the velocity and the buoyancy.

    For this kinds of equations, the Euler-Maruyama scheme converges with weak order 1 and strong order 0.5. Our aim is to develop higher order schemes in time: the first step is to consider Milstein scheme, which improves the strong convergence to the order 1. To do this, it is necessary to simulate or estimate the Lévy area [2].

    We show with some numerical results how the Milstein scheme is able to capture some of the smaller structures of the dynamic even at a poor resolution. 


[1] E. Mémin. Fluid flow dynamics under location uncertainty. Geophysical & Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 108.2 (2014): 119-146. 

[2] J. Foster, T. Lyons and H. Oberhauser. An optimal polynomial approximation of Brownian motion. SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis 58.3 (2020): 1393-1421.

How to cite: Fiorini, C., Li, L., and Mémin, É.: Higher order schemes in time for the surface quasi-geostrophic system under location uncertainty, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-10935,, 2021.

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