Thermodynamic consistency of a pseudoincompressible approximation for general equations of state

Rupert Klein, Olivier Pauluis

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In soundproof model equations for geophysical fluid dynamics, the momentum and mechanical energy budgets decouple from the thermodynamics for adiabatic flows. In applying such models to nonadiabatic flows of fluids with general equations of state, thermodynamic consistency of the soundproof approximations needs to be ensured. Specifically, a physically meaningful total energy conservation law should arise as an integral of adiabatic dynamics, while for diabatic flows the effective energy source terms should be related through thermodynamic relationships to the rates of change of entropy and other pertinent internal degrees of freedom. Complementing earlier work by one of the authors on the Lipps and Hemler-type anelastic approximation, this paper discusses the thermodynamic consistency of an extension of Durran's pseudoincompressible model to moist atmospheric motions allowing for a general equation of state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)961-968
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2012


  • Anelastic models
  • Nonlinear models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science


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