A stabilized finite element model for the hydrothermodynamical simulation of the Rio de Janeiro coastal ocean

Carlos A.A.H. Carbonel, Augusto C.N. Galeão

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Abstract

In this paper, a stabilized space-time Petrov-Galerkin finite element model of coastal ocean circulation is derived. Continuous linear interpolation in space and time is employed and a spatial unstructured mesh of triangular elements is used. To simulate the hydro-thermodynamical ocean behaviour a gravity reduced model is proposed. This model solves the motion and continuity hydrodynamic equations coupled with the advection-diffusion transport equation for temperature which governs the heat exchanges in the upper layer. The model is used to evaluate the main dynamical features of the coastal waters of the Rio de Janeiro State, namely: cold plumes, coastal jets and the influence of the warmer water bays. Numerical experiments are performed to highlight the typical observed events of coastal upwelling phenomena and their interaction with the existing coastal bays and the offshore conditions. Such experiments deal with a series of idealized northeast wind field forcing patterns, showing the solutions dependence on the horizontal structure of the wind fields in relation to the coastline configuration. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages521-534
Number of pages14
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventCommunications in Numerical Methods in Engineering -
Duration: 1 Jun 2007 → …

Conference

ConferenceCommunications in Numerical Methods in Engineering
Period1/06/07 → …

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    Carbonel, C. A. A. H., & Galeão, A. C. N. (2007). A stabilized finite element model for the hydrothermodynamical simulation of the Rio de Janeiro coastal ocean. 521-534. Paper presented at Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering, . https://doi.org/10.1002/cnm.935