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Dynamically Orthogonal numerical schemes for efficient stochastic advection and Lagrangian transport.

Feppon, F. and P.F.J. Lermusiaux, 2017. Dynamically Orthogonal numerical schemes for efficient stochastic advection and Lagrangian transport. SIAM Review, sub-judice.

Quantifying the uncertainty of Lagrangian motion can be performed by solving a large number of ordinary differential equations with random velocities, or equivalently a stochastic transport partial differential equation (PDE) for the ensemble of flow maps. The Dynamically Orthogonal (DO) decomposition is applied as an efficient dynamical model order reduction to solve for such stochastic advection and Lagrangian transport. Its interpretation as the method that applies instantaneously the truncated SVD on the matrix discretization of the original stochastic PDE is used to obtain new numerical schemes. Fully linear, explicit central advection schemes stabilized with numerical filters are selected to ensure efficiency, accuracy, stability, and direct consistency between the original deterministic and stochastic DO advections and flow maps. Various strategies are presented for selecting a time-stepping that accounts for the curvature of the fixed rank manifold and the error related to closely singular coefficient matrices. Efficient schemes are developed to dynamically evolve the rank of the reduced solution and to  ensure the orthogonality of the basis matrix while preserving its smooth evolution over time. Finally, the new schemes are applied to quantify the uncertain Lagrangian motions of a 2D double gyre flow with random frequency and of a stochastic flow past a cylinder.