Nonsingular surface quasi-geostrophic flow

Peter Constantin, Qing Nie, Norbert Schörghofer

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The dynamics of large eddies in the atmosphere and oceans is described by the surface quasi-geostrophic equation, which is reminiscent of the Euler equations. Thermal fronts build up rapidly. Two different numerical methods combined with analytical criteria are used to show there are no singularities in finite time.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)168-172
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 27 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


  • Active scalar
  • Quasi-geostrophic
  • Singularities


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