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Semicompressible Ocean Thermodynamics and Boussinesq Energy Conservation

Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32309, USA
School of Mathematics and Statistics, UNSW, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
Institut für Mathematik, Freie Universität, Berlin 14195, Germany
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Academic Editor: Pavel S. Berloff
Received: 29 January 2016 / Revised: 21 March 2016 / Accepted: 24 March 2016 / Published: 8 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Collection Geophysical Fluid Dynamics)
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Equations more accurate than the Boussinesq set that still filter out sound were recently introduced. While these equations were shown to have a consistent potential energy, their thermodynamical behavior and associated implications were not fully analyzed. These shortcomings are remedied in the present note that argues both sets are fully consistent from a thermodynamic perspective. It is further argued that both sets remain computationally competitive with the Boussinesq set. View Full-Text
Keywords: thermodynamics; compressibility; equations of motion thermodynamics; compressibility; equations of motion
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Dewar, W.K.; Schoonover, J.; McDougall, T.; Klein, R. Semicompressible Ocean Thermodynamics and Boussinesq Energy Conservation. Fluids 2016, 1, 9.

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