Accession Number:

ADA051736

Title:

An Efficient, Accurate Numerical Method for the Solution of a Poisson Equation on a Sphere.

Descriptive Note:

Environmental research papers Oct 76-Sep 77,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE GEOPHYSICS LAB HANSCOM AFB MASS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1977-11-04

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

The need for efficient and accurate methods for the solution of boundary value problems such as Poisson-type equations is well established. In numerical weather prediction where solutions to such equations are required in daily routine operations, it is paramount that the solution procedure be efficient. An efficient shooting method to meet such a need has been reported. The algebraic system resulting from the regular discretization of the Poisson equation on a sphere is, however, numerically unstable. Thus the direct application of this method is accurate only for relatively small systems. This limitation has now been successfully removed by two major improvements to the method. The inherent instability of the system due to a spectral radius larger than unity is alleviated by the use of a multiple shooting technique, while the instability due to the convergence of meridians on a sphere is overcome by a specially designed flexible grid. Numerical examples are provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of the improved method.

Subject Categories:

  • Theoretical Mathematics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE