Random field models and priors on wind

Dan Cornford

Research output: Preprint or Working paperTechnical report


This report seeks to make concrete some of the ideas we have been discussing about sensible priors for winds over the ocean. In particular, random field models are reviewed, as are permissible covariance functions. The criteria which these covariance functions must satisfy in order that vorticity and divergence exist and are continuous are defined. The use of Helmholtz theorem is discussed, and possible choices for the covariances are suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBirmingha
PublisherAston University
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)NCRG/97/023
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 1998


  • random field models
  • winds over the ocean
  • vorticity
  • divergence
  • Helmholtz theorem


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