Geophysical turbulence; Ocean circulation modeling
My early research centered on aerodynamics of jet engines,
turbulence and turbulent boundary layers. During the last forty years I
have contributed to the understanding and modeling of atmospheric and
oceanic turbulent boundary layers which are controlled by density
and the Earth's rotation. More recently this information has been
incorporated into quite general, numerical ocean models of estuaries,
regional models of coastal waters, and larger domains such as the North
Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean. In the latter case, models that deal
with the ice covered ocean have been developed. A recent interest is
waves and their coupling with circulation models.
The following papers are available in pdf form. Click on title.
Mellor, G. L., 2003: The three dimensional, current and surface wave equations. J. Phys.Oceanogr., 33, 1978-1089.
Mellor, G. L., 2005: Some consequences of the three-dimensional current and surface wave equations. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 35, 2291-2298.
Mellor, G. L., M. A. Donelan, and L-Y. Oey, 2008: A surface wave model for coupling with numerical ocean circulation models. J. Atmos. Oceanic Tech., 25, 1785-1807.
Information on the textbook "Introduction to Physical Oceanography"
Last Update: 1 Dec 2010