To continue or discontinue: Comparisons of continuous and discontinuous Galerkin formulations in a spectral element ocean model

J. C. Levin, M. Iskandarani, D. B. Haidvogel

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The discontinuous Galerkin method is implemented in the spectral element ocean model to replace a continuous Galerkin discretization of the continuity and the tracer evolution equations. The aim is to improve the model's local conservation properties, and thus its performance in advection-dominated flows. The new model is validated against several oceanic benchmark problems, particularly ones that feature frontal structures and under-resolved features. Comparisons confirm the advantages of the DGM, including enhanced model robustness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-70
Number of pages15
JournalOcean Modelling
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Aug 8 2006



  • Discontinuous Galerkin method
  • Ocean model
  • Oceanic simulation
  • Shallow water equations
  • Spectral element method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Oceanography
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Atmospheric Science

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