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Charney DeVore model Josh Griffin and Marcus Williams

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Introduction Jule Charney is a well known scientist who has made multiple contributions to NWP including the Charney model. Charney developed a set of equations for calculating the large-scale motions of planetary-scale waves known as the "quasi-geostrophic approximation John DeVore

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Introduction Charney and DeVore examined the concept of multiple flow equilibria in the atmosphere and blocking CDV analyzed a simple model of a barotropic atmosphere in which an externally forced zonal flow interacts non-linearly with topography and with externally forced wave perturbations Model hoped to describe the persistence of large amplitude flow anomalies like blocking or the recurring regional weather patterns. Since the motions are large scale, they will be quasi-geostrophic and governed by the conservation of potential vorticity(PV)

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Introduction Solutions to model yield two stable equilibria points and one unstable, transitional equilibria point. The first stable equilibrium point is characterized as low-index, strong wave component with weak zonal flow (blocking) The second stable equilibrium point is characterized as high-index, weak wave component with strong zonal flow. There are several ways the model can be derived but we will focus on two derivations in particular.

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CDV derivation The CDV model comprises a Rossby wave mode and uniform zonal flow over a mountain in a plane channel. The coriolis parameter f is approximated by f = f + y The flow is resticted by lateral walls with width 0< y

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CDV Derivation The equation used in the model is the QGPV equation To derive the low order spectral model you must expand,, and h(x,y) into orthonormal eigenfunctions of the Leplace operator. This derivation is very complex. I will show a more general representation by solving Leplace’s equation on a rectangle and introducing the concept of orthogonality.

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CDV Derivation Laplace equation Break the problem into four problems with each having one homogeneous condition Separate the variables Solve x dependent equation and y dependent equation. Use boundary conditions and orthogonality to find coefficients

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CDV derivation Orthogonality –Whenever it is said that functions are orthogonal over the interval 0

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CDV Derivation The process is similar in the derivation of the CDV model First you have to non-dimensionalize the QGPV equation.(A1,A2) Represent h(x,y) and PHI* in terms of sines and cosines(A3), and expand PHI into three orthonormal modes(A4).

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CDV derivation Insert A3 and A4 back into the A1. This leads to the following equations known as the CDV equations. The CDV equations are solved to find the equilibrium points

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CDV model As we found from holton, the system has three equilibria point. One unstable and two stable(Show graphic again?) For arbitrary initial conditions the phase space trajectories always tend to one of the two stable equilibria This is a drawback of the CDV model because there is no way to transition between the two stable equilibra points.

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