Accession Number : ADA019494

Title :   Application of a Finite Element Method to the Barotropic Primitive Equations.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Hinsman,Donald Ernest

Report Date : SEP 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 110

Abstract : A finite element application to the barotropic primitive equations is presented including theoretical development and the model used. Analytic initial data is generated in order to verify as well as possible the accuracy of the model. A comparison of the model with similar finite difference schemes shows that this finite element method exhibits better phase speed propagation than comparable second and fourth order finite differencing and is competitive in the size of the allowable time step.

Descriptors :   *Weather forecasting, *Finite element analysis, Partial differential equations, Mathematical models, Finite difference theory, Analytic functions, Computer programs, Matrices(Mathematics), Numerical integration, Theses, FORTRAN

Subject Categories : Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE