Stochastic effects of waves on currents in the ocean mixed layer. (English) Zbl 1466.76013

Summary: This paper introduces an energy-preserving stochastic model for studying wave effects on currents in the ocean mixing layer. The model is called stochastic forcing by Lie transport (SFLT). The SFLT model is derived here from a stochastic constrained variational principle, so it has a Kelvin circulation theorem. The examples of SFLT given here treat 3D Euler fluid flow, rotating shallow water dynamics, and the Euler-Boussinesq equations. In each example, one sees the effect of stochastic Stokes drift and material entrainment in the generation of fluid circulation. We also present an Eulerian averaged SFLT model based on decomposing the Eulerian solutions of the energy-conserving SFLT model into sums of their expectations and fluctuations.
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76B15 Water waves, gravity waves; dispersion and scattering, nonlinear interaction
86A05 Hydrology, hydrography, oceanography
76E20 Stability and instability of geophysical and astrophysical flows
76F25 Turbulent transport, mixing
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