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Tropical Atmospheric Waves: theory, asymptotic methods and open problems of relevance to the climate system.

Student-Run Applied & Math Seminar

Speaker: Joseph Biello, UC Davis
Location: 1147 MSB
Start time: Wed, Jan 19 2011, 12:10PM

I will present some observations regarding large scale phenomena in the tropical atmosphere. These are essentially large scale waves with a lot of small scale behavior embedded in them. The objective of my research is to try to understand these waves by making simplified models which are derived in a systematic fashion from first principles - i.e. the equations of fluid dynamics. This systematic method is called "multiscale asymptotic analysis" and I will show how we used such a procedure to derive simplified equations for 2 such phenomena. I will also talk about open problems in the field which students can be involved in - and for which funding is available to students.