Numerical Modelling of the Ocean Circulation and Paleocirculation

  1. Kenneth J. Hsü
  1. D.G. Seidov

Published Online: 15 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GD015p0011

Mesozoic and Cenozoic Oceans

Mesozoic and Cenozoic Oceans

How to Cite

Seidov, D.G. (1986) Numerical Modelling of the Ocean Circulation and Paleocirculation, in Mesozoic and Cenozoic Oceans (ed K. J. Hsü), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GD015p0011

Author Information

  1. Shirshov's Institute of Oceanology, USSR Academy of Sciences, Krasikova, 23, 117 218 Moscow, USSR

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1986

Book Series:

  1. Geodynamics Series

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875905150

Online ISBN: 9781118669914



  • Paleoceanography—Congresses;
  • Geology, Stratigraphic—Mesozoic—Congresses;
  • Geology, Stratigraphic—Cenozoic—Congresses;
  • Paleo-climatology—Congresses;
  • Ocean circulation—Congresses


A numerical model of the ocean circulation has been developed and applied to the problem of paleocirculation reconstruction. The physical basis of the model is presented as well as a sketch of the numerical approach as a method are discussed. The model has been tested in numerical experiments aimed to reproduce modern circulation and hydrology patterns. Then, the model has been used to reconstruct schemes of currents and hydrology of the Late Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras. The atmosphere has been assumed to be zonal, and continents drifted after the breakup of Pangaea as it is proposed by geodynamics. The results of the numerical experiments are discussed and major feedbacks are identified which regulate the climatic changes of the ocean.