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Mark Petersen

CNLS Postdoctoral Research Associate
CCS-2/CNLS

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Mark Petersen

Office: TA-3, Bldg 200, Room 127
Mail Stop: B296
Phone: (505) 667-7075
Fax: (505) 667-5921

mpetersen@lanl.gov
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Research highlight
  • As a member of the Climate, Ocean, and Sea Ice Modeling (COSIM) team at LANL, I have implemented the LANS-alpha turbulence model in the POP ocean model. Simulations with LANS-alpha capture some of the most important features of high resolution ocean modeling at lower resolution.
  • My work in the dynamics of protoplanetary disks investigates the conditions required to form and maintain vortices in these gas disks that encircle young stars, and highlight the roll of the baroclinic feedback.
 Educational Background/Employment:
  • Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, 2004 U. Colorado at Boulder
  • M.S., Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, 2002 U. Colorado at Boulder
  • M.S., Mathematics and Statistics, 2000 U. Nebraska-Lincoln
  • B.S., Environmental Engineering, 1995 U. Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Employment:
    • 2005-2007 Postdoctoral research associate
    • 2000-2004 Graduate student researcher and instructor, U. Colorado-Boulder
    • 1998-2000 Graduate student researcher and instructor, U. of Nebraska-Lincoln
    • 1996-1998 Project Engineer, Air Pollution Control Systems, U.S. Filter

Research Interests:

  • Geophysical turbulence
  • Numerical methods in high-performance ocean and atmospheric modeling
  • Planetary formation in protoplanetary disks
  • Dynamics of mixing and entrainment in ocean overflows
  • Education in science and engineering

Selected Recent Publications:

    * indicates corresponding author

  1. M.W. Hecht, D.D. Holm, M.R. Petersen*, B.A. Wingate: 2007, Implementation of the LANS-alpha turbulence model in a primitive equation ocean model. submitted to Journal of Computational Physics

  2. M.R. Petersen: 2007, Efficient form of LANS-alpha. submitted to Journal of Computational Physics

  3. M.W. Hecht, D.D. Holm, M.R. Petersen*, B.A. Wingate: 2007, The LANS-alpha turbulence model in a primitive equation ocean model. in preparation, for Ocean Modeling

  4. Petersen, M.R., K. Julien, and G.R. Stewart: 2007, Baroclinic Vorticity Production in Protoplanetary Disks; Part I: Vortex Formation. The Astrophysical Journal, 658, 1236

  5. Petersen, M.R., G.R. Stewart, and K. Julien: 2007, Baroclinic Vorticity Production in Protoplanetary Disks; Part II: Vortex Growth and Longevity. The Astrophysical Journal, 658, 1252

  6. Redner, S., M.R. Petersen: 2006, On the Role of Global Warming on the Statistics of Record-Breaking Temperatures. Physical Review E, 74, 061114

  7. Martinsen-Burrell, N, Julien, K., Petersen, M.R., and Weiss, J: 2006, Merger and Alignment in a Reduced Model for Three-dimensional Quasigeostrophic Ellipsoidal Vortices. Physics of Fluids, 18, 057101

  8. Petersen, M.R., K. Julien, and J.B. Weiss: 2006, Vortex cores, circulation cells, and filaments in quasi-geostrophic turbulence. Physics of Fluids, 18, 026601

  9. Petersen, M.R., B. Kraus, and T. Windham: 2005, Striving towards equity; Underrepresented minorities and mathematics Parts I and II, SIAM News, March and April

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