Direct numerical simulation of breaking atmospheric gravity waves

Sebastian Remmler, Stefan Hickel, Mark D. Fruman, Ulrich Achatz

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We present the results of fully resolved direct numerical simulations of monochromatic gravity waves breaking in the middle atmosphere. The simulations are initialized with optimal perurbations of the gives waves. Given a wavelength of 3 km, the required grid sizes range up to 3.6 billion computational cells, depending on the necessary domain size and the turbulence intensity. Our results provide an insight into the mechanics of gravity wave breaking they will be of great value for the validation of lower order methods for the prediction of wave breaking.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHigh Performance Computing in Science and Engineering '14
Subtitle of host publicationTransactions of the High Performance Computing Center, Stuttgart (HLRS) 2014
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319108100
ISBN (Print)9783319108094
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

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