Numerical Analysis and Applications

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 175–187 | Cite as

The influence of time step size on the results of numerical modeling of global ocean climate



Based on a numerical large-scale geostrophic ocean thermohaline circulation model, the influence of time step size in modeling large-scale temperature and salinity fields with the use of an implicit time integration method is investigated. It is shown that for a more realistic description of the processes of deep vertical convection and ocean thermohaline circulation, it is necessary to use time steps less than 10 days. At such time steps, the influence of numerical viscosity (diffusion) is insignificant.


global ocean thermohaline circulation implicit numerical model numerical viscosity equilibrium solutions convection parametrization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ugra Research Institute of Information TechnologiesKhanty-Mansiysk, Tyumen oblastRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Geophysics, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia

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