Quasi-geostrophic models and Hamiltonian dynamics

Published: August 31, 2015   |   Read time:


In the summer of 2015, I worked as an undergrad research assistant with Dr. Francis Poulin, studying geostrophic equations in fluid dynamics. These are systems where the pressure gradient of a fluid is balanced by the rotation of the Earth (i.e. the Coriolis effect). My work was theoretical, and was about exploring extensions to geostrophic models, called quasi-geostrophic models where the pressure gradient is almost balanced by the Coriolis effect, particularly in shallow bodies.

My work didn’t result in any publications, unfortunately, but I do have my write-ups from that time, if you’d like to see what I worked on. The splash image for this post is also a simulation of the Phillips two layer model, which I wrote from scratch in Python.

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You can find the documentation, notes, code, and more at this GitHub repo.