Reference : Dissection of the GHER turbulence closure scheme
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Dissection of the GHER turbulence closure scheme
Delhez, Eric mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'aérospatiale et mécanique > Mathématiques générales >]
Grégoire, Marilaure mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences et gestion de l'environnement > Océanologie >]
Nihoul, Jacques mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Services généraux (Faculté des sciences) > Relations académiques et scientifiques (Sciences) >]
Beckers, Jean-Marie mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Océanographie physique >]
Journal of Marine Systems
Elsevier Science
Yes (verified by ORBi)
The Netherlands
[en] 3D hydrodynamic model ; North Sea ; Mediterranean Sea ; turbulence closure scheme
[en] In this paper, the turbulence closure scheme implemented in the GHER hydrodynamic model is described in detail. Two case studies carried out in two contrasting conditions-one in the shallow, tide dominated, north-western European continental shelf, and the other in the deep Mediterranean Sea-are used to identify the dominant terms of the equation for the turbulent kinetic energy, first theoretically, secondly from the results of the simulations. In both domains, the dominant terms are the local destruction and production terms, the vertical diffusion term and to a smaller degree, the time derivative. Advection and horizontal diffusion turn out to be negligible in most of the relevant cases for such large scale studies. This opens the way to simplifications and optimisations of the numerical models. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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