CARGESE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
DYNAMICAL BARRIERS, STIRRING AND MIXING IN GEOPHYSICAL FLOWS - MATHEMATICAL MODEL AND APPLICATIONS
19 August - 1 September 2001
The school is
a Euro Summer School sponsored by the European Union, the National
Science Foundation (US), the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
(France), the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (France), Météo
France and Ifremer.
MAIN TOPICS AND COURSES:
Mathematical and theoretical models
Transport, stirring and mixing in geophysical fluids
The summer school is based on the idea that many of the outstanding questions on transport, stirring and mixing in geophysical flows can be addressed using some of the new mathematical tools of chaotic advection and of turbulence theories. The school will bring together participants, both lecturers and audience, from mathematics and theoretical physics on the one hand and scientists from a geophysical background (theoretical, observational or modelling) on the other. Closer contact between these two groups is essential if the new theoretical developments are to be exploited to best effect in interpreting the large amount of geophysical data that is becoming available and in devising effective modelling strategies. At the same time the particular scientific questions that are of interest in the geophysical context should provide a focus for new theoretical work.
In the first part of the school, well-studied topics, such as the barrier effect at the edge of the polar stratospheric vortex, which has been a focus of research for over a decade, will be discussed for illustrative purposes. Later other topics, such as barrier effects in oceanic and geological flows, where the research is at an earlier stage, will be used as a basis for open discussions aiming to stimulate new directions for research.
The lecture courses will be complemented by sessions of questions and anwers, special-topic lectures, seminars and round table discussions. The course is aimed primarely at PhD students, postdocs and other young scientists wishing to broaden and deepen their knowledge or to identify new research opportunities..