A Conservative Semi-Lagrangian Discontinuous Galerkin Method for Transport Equation on the Cubed-Sphere

08/02/2012 - 6:00pm
FL-1001, Small Seminar Room
Wei Guo


The discontinuous Galerkin (DG) method is becoming increasingly popular in atmospheric and ocean modeling. However, a major drawback of method is its stringent CFL stability restriction associated with explicit time-stepping, e.g. explicit Runge-Kutta method. In order to get around this issue we adopt a dimension-splitting approach where a regular semi-Lagrangian (SL) scheme is combined with the DG method. The resulting SLDG scheme employs a sequence of 1D operations for solving transport equation on the cubed-sphere. The SLDG scheme is inherently conservative and has the option to incorporate  a local positivity-preserving filter for tracers. A novel feature of the SLDG algorithm is that it can be used for multi-tracer transport for global models employing spectral-element grids.