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Single Gyre Circulation in Irregular Domains


In this chapter, we explore the issue of the inertial runaway (to be defined below) for the single gyre Munk problem with free-slip boundary conditions from two perspectives: scaling arguments and numerical simulations using the spectral element model. In the previous chapters, we investigated the accuracy of different numerical methods and found that the spectral element (SE) model offers high accuracy in irregular domains and nonlinear flows, whereas the other methods present various limitations. This chapter is both an application of the SE method and a contribution to the understanding of the runaway problem.


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Frederic Dupont