Articles | Volume 13, issue 7
Methods for assessment of models
23 Jul 2020
Methods for assessment of models |  | 23 Jul 2020

Simple algorithms to compute meridional overturning and barotropic streamfunctions on unstructured meshes

Dmitry Sidorenko, Sergey Danilov, Nikolay Koldunov, Patrick Scholz, and Qiang Wang

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Computation of barotropic and meridional overturning streamfunctions for models formulated on unstructured meshes is commonly preceded by interpolation to a regular mesh. This operation destroys the original conservation, which can be then be artificially imposed to make the computation possible. An elementary method is proposed that avoids interpolation and preserves conservation in a strict model sense.