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Wicht, J., & Sanchez, S. (2019). Advances in geodynamo modelling. Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 113(1-2), 2-50. doi:10.1080/03091929.2019.1597074.

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Wicht, Johannes1, Author              
Sanchez, Sabrina1, Author              
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1Department Planets and Comets, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max Planck Society, ou_1832288              

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Free keywords: Geodynamo, numerical simulation, scaling laws, data assimilation
 Abstract: This paper reviews the remarkable developments in numerical geodynamo simulations over the last few years. Simulations with Ekman numbers as low as E=10−8E=10−8 are now within reach and more and more details of the observed field are recovered by computer models. However, some newer experimental and ab initio results suggest a rather large thermal conductivity for the liquid iron alloy in Earth's core. More heat would then simply be conducted down the core adiabat and would not be available for driving the dynamo process. The current status of this topic is reported and alternative driving scenarios are discussed. The paper then addresses the question whether dynamo simulations obey the magnetostrophic force balance that characterises the geodynamo and proceeds with discussing related problems like scaling laws and torsional oscillations. Finally, recent developments in geomagnetic data assimilation are reviewed, where geomagnetic data and dynamo simulations are coupled to form a tool for interpreting observations and predicting the future evolution of Earth's magnetic field.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2019
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1080/03091929.2019.1597074
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Title: Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
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Publ. Info: New York : Gordon and Breach Science Publishers.
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 113 (1-2) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 2 - 50 Identifier: ISSN: 0309-1929
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/958480220815