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Global well-posedness of the 3D primitive equations with horizontal viscosity and vertical diffusivity

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Cao, C 
Li, J 
Titi, ES 


In this paper, we consider the 3D primitive equations of oceanic and atmospheric dynamics with only horizontal eddy viscosities in the horizontal momentum equations and only vertical diffusivity in the temperature equation. Global well-posedness of strong solutions is established for any initial data such that the initial horizontal velocity v0∈H2(Ω) and the initial temperature T0∈H1(Ω)∩L(Ω) with HT0∈Lq(Ω), for some q∈(2,). Moreover, the strong solutions enjoy correspondingly more regularities if the initial temperature belongs to H2(Ω). The main difficulties are the absence of the vertical viscosity and the lack of the horizontal diffusivity, which, interact with each other, thus causing the ",mismatching," of regularities between the horizontal momentum and temperature equations. To handle this "mismatching" of regularities, we introduce several auxiliary functions, i.e., η,θ,φ, and ψ in the paper, which are the horizontal curls or some appropriate combinations of the temperature with the horizontal divergences of the horizontal velocity v or its vertical derivative zv. To overcome the difficulties caused by the absence of the horizontal diffusivity, which leads to the requirement of some Lt1(Wx1,)-type a priori estimates on v, we decompose the velocity into the "temperature-independent" and temperature-dependent parts and deal with them in different ways, by using the logarithmic Sobolev inequalities of the Br'ezis-Gallouet-Wainger and Beale-Kato-Majda types, respectively. Specifically, a logarithmic Sobolev inequality of the limiting type, introduced in our previous work [12], is used, and a new logarithmic type Gronwall inequality is exploited.



math.AP, math.AP,, physics.flu-dyn, physics.geo-ph, 26D10, 35Q35, 35Q86, 76D03, 76D05, 86A05, 86A10

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Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena

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Elsevier BV