NUMERICAL SIMULATIONS OF SURFACE QUASI-GEOSTROPHIC FLOWS ON PERIODIC DOMAINS Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • We propose a novel algorithm for the approximation of surface-quasi geostrophic (SQG) flows modeled by a nonlinear partial differential equation coupling transport and fractional diffusion phenomena. The time discretization consists of an explicit strong-stability-preserving three-stage Runge-Kutta method while a flux-corrected-transport (FCT) method coupled with Dunford-Taylor representations of fractional operators is advocated for the space discretization. Standard continuous piecewise linear finite elements are employed and the algorithm does not have restrictions on the mesh structure nor on the computational domain. In the inviscid case, we show that the resulting scheme satisfies a discrete maximum principle property under a standard CFL condition and observe, in practice, its second-order accuracy in space. The algorithm successfully approximates several benchmarks with sharp transitions and fine structures typical of SQG flows. In addition, theoretical Kolmogorov energy decay rates are observed on a freely decaying atmospheric turbulence simulation.

published proceedings

  • SIAM JOURNAL ON SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING

author list (cited authors)

  • Bonito, A., & Nazarov, M.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Bonito, Andrea||Nazarov, Murtazo

publication date

  • January 1, 2021 11:11 AM