[Stoch] Program on Wave-Flow Interactions at the KITP in Santa Barbara of possible interest

Brad Marston john_marston at brown.edu
Wed Jan 2 06:39:54 MST 2013

A 3-month program that will run in 2014 in Santa Barbara may be of interest:

Wave-Flow Interaction in Geophysics, Climate, Astrophysics, and Plasmas 

Coordinators: James Cho, Patrick Diamond, Brad Marston, and Steve Tobias 

Scientific Advisors: Oliver Bühler, David Dritschel, and Rick Salmon 

Description: Waves that interact strongly with the flowing media in which 
they propagate are fundamental to many systems. Examples of 
such wave-flow systems are gravity waves in atmospheres and 
oceans, planetary waves in weather and climate, tides and 
inertial waves in planets and stars, density waves in 
planetary rings and accretion disks, and Alfvén waves in 
tokomaks and solar wind. However waves and background flows 
are often characterized by very different spatial and temporal 
scales.  Hence, modeling their interaction poses considerable 
technical and conceptual challenges. 

Significant advances in wave-flow interaction theory, 
simulation, experiment, and observation over the past decade 
make this KITP program timely.  For example, there is now a 
better understanding of the role of the interaction in the 
long-term behavior of the atmosphere and oceans.  The program 
will bring together international researchers with expertise 
in wave-flow interactions to help solve critical problems 
across the disciplines of applied mathematics, geophysics, 
climate, astrophysics, and plasma physics. 

The program will begin with a week-long conference (March 24 
-- 28, 2014) that will include overviews and perspectives on 
eddy -- mean-flow interactions in fluids. 
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