Accession Number : ADP008750

Title :   Overview of Statistical Mechanics, with Practical Application for Ocean Modeling,

Corporate Author : INSTITUTE OF OCEAN SCIENCES SIDNEY (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Personal Author(s) : Holloway, Greg

Report Date : NOV 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : Because oceans are bigger than computers that model them of what goes on in oceans cannot be represented adequately. Ability to observe the ocean is limited. These considerations compel a probabilistic view, both of the 'observed' ocean and especially taking account that models really solve for moments of probability of possible states of the ocean. We rethink how models should work, here taking into account statistical mechanical ideas about ocean circulations. There is difficulty. The problems that can be treated by methods of statistical mechanics are far from the practical problems of ocean modeling. We entertain a hybrid approach-employing conventional ocean modeling to deal with application of large scale forcing while extending model physics to recognize the oceans' internal dynamical tendency toward higher system entropy.

Descriptors :   *OCEAN MODELS, *STATISTICAL MECHANICS, *FLUID DYNAMICS, EQUATIONS OF MOTION, FORCE(MECHANICS), MATHEMATICAL MODELS, MATHEMATICAL PREDICTION, CANADA.

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Statistics and Probability

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE