Global Well–Posedness of the 3D Primitive Equations with Partial Vertical Turbulence Mixing Heat Diffusion Academic Article uri icon


  • The three-dimensional incompressible viscous Boussinesq equations, under the assumption of hydrostatic balance, govern the large scale dynamics of atmospheric and oceanic motion, and are commonly called the primitive equations. To overcome the turbulence mixing a partial vertical diffusion is usually added to the temperature advection (or density stratification) equation. In this paper we prove the global regularity of strong solutions to this model in a three-dimensional infinite horizontal channel, subject to periodic boundary conditions in the horizontal directions, and with no-penetration and stress-free boundary conditions on the solid, top and bottom boundaries. Specifically, we show that short time strong solutions to the above problem exist globally in time, and that they depend continuously on the initial data. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.

author list (cited authors)

  • Cao, C., & Titi, E. S.

citation count

  • 32

publication date

  • January 2012