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Abstract

In this paper we derive a probabilistic representation of the deterministic three-dimensional Navier-Stokes equations based on stochastic Lagrangian paths. The particle trajectories obey SDEs driven by a uniform Wiener process; the inviscid Weber formula for the Euler equations of ideal fluids is used to recover the velocity field. This method admits a self-contained proof of local existence for the nonlinear stochastic system and can be extended to formulate stochastic representations of related hydrodynamic-type equations, including viscous Burgers equations and Lagrangian-averaged Navier-Stokes alpha models. © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.