Adaptive mesh refinement is a method for locally refining grids in finite difference ocean models. The basic idea behind the method is to attain a given accuracy for a minimum amount of work. This is done by computing estimates of the truncation error, and creating refined grids (or removing existing ones) where and when it is necessary. The approach is also recursive so that fine grids can contain even finer grids.
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- Physical Oceanography Index
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