Accession Number : AD0751637

Title :   A Numerical Investigation of the Long-Term Transient Behavior in a Coupled Atmosphere-Ocean Model.

Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Lambertson,Wayne Roger

Report Date : SEP 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 220

Abstract : A two-level, quasi-geostrophic atmospheric model on a midlatitude Beta-plane with a single wave in the x-direction was coupled with a three level primitive equation ocean model through the exchange of sensible heat and momentum to investigate the effect of the ocean circulation on transients in the atmospheric circulation and vice versa. A long-term (79 years) simulation of the atmosphere-ocean system was carried out. The experiment was conducted in three phases that consisted of integrating the combined, the ocean-only and the atmosphere-only model equations. The combined model produced realistic patterns of both atmospheric and oceanic circulations. Energy studies of the atmosphere were completed with the results comparing favorably with the existing knowledge of the energy balance in the real atmosphere. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*OCEAN WAVES, *ATMOSPHERIC MOTION), ATMOSPHERE MODELS, OCEAN MODELS, HEAT TRANSFER, MOMENTUM, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, DIFFERENCE EQUATIONS, TRANSIENTS, THESES

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE