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The Erwin Schroedinger Institute for Mathematical Physics

Mathematical Aspects of Physical Oceanography

The programme activity aims to be multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, seeking a strong interplay between theory, numerical computation and field data, interacting with each other via mutual stimulation and feedback. The overarching theme is that of nonlinear phenomena in ocean dynamics, mostly concerned with aspects related to three deep and versatile themes that offer enticing perspectives in light of some recent developments:

1) wave-current interactions (with special emphasis on equatorial flows)

2) Lagrangian coherent structures

3) uncertainty quantification and filtering of oceanic systems

The main workshop of the programme will take place from March 12 - 16, 2018.
Schedule (pdf) 

Colloquium Talks:

Prof. P. J. Dellar (Oxford U)
"A variational derivation of β-plane approximations for flow
on rotating spheres"
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 15:00 - 15:50
announcement (pdf) 

Prof. Geoffrey Vallis (U of Exeter)
"A Theory for the Meridional Overturning Circulation of the Ocean"
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 14:30 - 15:20 
announcement (pdf)

Prof. David Marshall (Oxford U)
"Geometry and Energetics of Mesoscale Ocean Eddies and Their Rectified Impact on Climate" 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 15:30 - 16:20
announcement (pdf) 

 Prof. Amin Chabchoub (U of Sydney)
"Unstable wave packets propagating in finite and shallow water regimes
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 15:00 - 15:50
announcement (pdf) 

Prof. Alberto Bressan (The Pennsylvania State U)
"Global solutions to the Burgers-Hilbert equation
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 14:00 - 14:50
announcement (pdf) 

Prof. Andre Nachbin (IMPA, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
"Capturing the flow structure beneath water waves
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 15:00 - 15:50
announcement (pdf) 

Prof. R. S. Johnson (Newcastle U)
"Physical oceanography: the applied mathematical approach"
Wednesday, February 21, 2018:
14:00 - 14:50 I Introduction
15:00 - 15:50 II Examples
announcement (pdf) 

Prof. Hisashi Okamoto (Gakushuin University, Tokyo)
"Existence proof of solutions of fluid mechanical equations via interval analysis"
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 14:00 - 14:50 
announcement (pdf) 

Prof. Nathan Paldor (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
"How do large-scale flows in the ocean become geostrophic?"
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 13:30 - 14:20 
announcement (pdf) 

Prof. Jan Erik. H. Weber (University of Oslo)
"Lagrangian approach to wave-induced flow in a viscous rotating ocean"
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 14:40 - 15:30 
announcement (pdf) 

Prof. Kai Håkon Christensen (University of Oslo)
"The importance of wave-current interactions in operational oceanography"
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 15:40 - 16:30 
announcement (pdf) 

At a glance

Type: Thematic Programme
When: Jan 22, 2018 to
Mar 23, 2018
Where: ESI, Boltzmann Lecture Hall
Organizers: Adrian Constantin (U Vienna), George Haller (ETH Zürich),
Stephen Monismith (Stanford U), Themistoklis Sapsis (MIT Boston)
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