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  Information - AS1.03 New aspects of theoretical Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Event Information
Since the theory of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (GFD) was
codified in the late 70s (eg by Pedlosky's book) many new aspects were
added and deeper insight into many problems has been achieved.
New mathematical and statistical tools were developed, standard
techniques were refined, classical problems were varied. Applied to the
established conceptual models of GFD we got more clarity on the dynamics
of oceans and atmospheres. Furthermore, classical models have been improved
without becoming untractable from a theoretical point of view. Last but
not least, concepts from other branches of science were introduced.
GFD models can describe a wide variety of atmospheric and oceanic flows, ranging
from planetary- to small-scale from interdecadal to microturbulence time scales.
The session primarily focuses on large scale dynamics, however, it might
be a forum for discussion of other aspects of theoretical GFD too.

In 2004 we honored Hans Ertel's 100-year jubilee with a number of talks
on potential vorticity. Another fundamental quantity in GFD is energy.
A year before Ertel's birth, the austrian scientist Max Margules published
a seminal paper on the energetics of storms. In 1955, Edward Lorenz has refined
Margules' work and implemented available potential energy as a tool
for studying atmospheric energetics. In honor of these scientists
we particularily encourage contributions on novel aspects of the energy
and potential vorticity use in atmospheric and oceanic dynamics.

Preliminary List of Solicited Speakers
Jonas Nycander, Dept. of Meteorology, Stockholm University, Sweden
Theodore Shepherd, Dept. of Physics, University of Toronto, Canada
Michael Hantel, Inst. for Meteorology and Geophysics, Univ. of Vienna, Austria
Peter Read, Atmospheric, Oceanic & Planetary Physics, Cl.Lab., Oxford, UK

co-sponsored by NP & OS

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