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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 915793, 14 pages
Research Article

Inversion Study of Vertical Eddy Viscosity Coefficient Based on an Internal Tidal Model with the Adjoint Method

1Laboratory of Physical Oceanography, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100, China
2College of Engineering, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100, China

Received 28 March 2014; Revised 17 August 2014; Accepted 18 August 2014

Academic Editor: Fatih Yaman

Copyright © 2015 Guangzhen Jin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Based on an isopycnic-coordinate internal tidal model with the adjoint method, the inversion of spatially varying vertical eddy viscosity coefficient (VEVC) is studied in two groups of numerical experiments. In Group One, the influences of independent point schemes (IPSs) exerting on parameter inversion are discussed. Results demonstrate that the VEVCs can be inverted successfully with IPSs and the model has the best performance with the optimal IPSs. Using the optimal IPSs obtained in Group One, the inversions of VEVCs on two different Gaussian bottom topographies are carried out in Group Two. In addition, performances of two optimization methods of which one is the limited-memory Broyden-Fletcher-Goldfarb-Shanno (L-BFGS) method and the other is a simplified gradient descent method (GDM-S) are also investigated. Results of the experiments indicate that this adjoint model is capable to invert the VEVC with spatially distribution, no matter which optimization method is taken. The L-BFGS method has a better performance in terms of the convergence rate and the inversion results. In general, the L-BFGS method is a more effective and efficient optimization method than the GDM-S.