Judith Tong, BE(Civil & Environmental) (Hons)/BSc
Madsen Building (F09), Room 412
Phone: +61 2 9036 6545
Fax: +61 2 9036 6588
Prof. Dietmar Müller
Dr Alina Hale
PhD title: Ocean Energy and Mixing
The objective of this research is twofold: 1) to investigate the ocean thermal energy budget and its distribution for the middle Miocene through use of a general circulation model and 2) to investigate the role meso-scale processes play in energy distribution through the development of a numerical model.
Investigation of meso-scale processes and their relative mixing will be conducted with a hydrodynamic finite element model with a k-ε turbulence formulation. The finite element technique enables handling of complex bathymetry. Flow and turbulence over different bathymetry and at stratification interfaces will be examined. Mixing in the ocean has a significant influence on climate, hence its inclusion in climate models is extremely important. With better parameterisation, it is hoped that the predictive capability of climate models can be improved.
- Tong, J.A., You, Y., Müller, R.D., and Seton, M. 2009, Climate Model Sensitivity to Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations for the Middle Miocene, Global and Planetary Change, 67, 129-140