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Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Mathematics of Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics

1 July - 19 December 1996

Organisers:JCR Hunt (UK Meteorological Office), ME McIntyre (Cambridge), J Norbury (Oxford), I Roulstone (UK Meteorological Office)

Transport and Mixing

11th Nov 96 - 15th Nov 96

Introduction

A qualitative and quantitative description of transport and mixing is crucial to our understanding of the atmosphere and oceans. Many aspects remain poorly understood. New observational studies of both the atmosphere and the ocean now reveal the highly inhomogeneous structure of transport. The requirement to improve modelling of the atmosphere and the ocean now focusses our attention on the importance of details of stirring and mixing for many key processes, including the evolution of plankton populations in the ocean, the interactions between water vapour, radiation and dynamics in the troposphere, and the chemistry of ozone, both in the troposphere and the stratosphere.

Mathematical advances in dynamical systems theory, particularly chaotic mixing, and in the characterisation of complex geometrical structures offer the prospect of making progress in some of the above areas.

The goal of this workshop is to review the most recent advances in the field of transport and mixing, and to explore new avenues in the particular context of the Isaac Newton Institute's programme The Mathematics of the Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics.

For additional information please contact Sylvie Gravel.

Programme

Abstracts of most of the seminars are available here.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15

9:30 - 11:30 Discussion R.T. Pierrehumbert, chairman

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