Accession Number : ADP008749

Title :   Statistical Mechanics, Turbulence, and Ocean Currents,

Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA UNIV SANTA CRUZ

Personal Author(s) : Vallis, Geoffrey K.

Report Date : NOV 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 17

Abstract : This paper examines the formulation, application and utility of certain ideas from equilibrium statistical mechanics to physical oceanography. In particular we discuss the connection of these ideas to selective decay (Minimum enstrophy) theories and to the production of nonlinearly stable states, as well as its limitations when dealing with forced-dissipative flows. A robust prediction of the theories discussed is the generation of mean flows around topography, which should be amenable to observational verification or falsification.

Descriptors :   *OCEAN CURRENTS, *TURBULENCE, *TOPOGRAPHY, *STATISTICAL MECHANICS, EQUATIONS OF MOTION, ENTROPY, SHIFTING EQUILIBRIUM FLOW, SYSTEMS ANALYSIS.

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Statistics and Probability
      Fluid Mechanics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE