Young Researchers Workshop: Kinetic descriptions in theory and applications

The inviscid 3D quasi-geostrophic system on bounded domains

Matt Novack

UT - Austin


We present a formal derivation of the inviscid 3D quasi-geostrophic system (QG) from primitive equations on a bounded, cylindrical domain. A key point in the derivation is the treatment of the lateral boundary and the resulting boundary conditions it imposes on solutions. To our knowledge, these boundary conditions are new and differentiate our model from closely related models which have been the object of recent study. These boundary conditions are natural for a variational problem in a particular Hilbert space. We construct solutions and prove an elliptic regularity theorem corresponding to the variational problem, allowing us to show the existence of global weak solutions to (QG).