Numerical Methods for Mantle Convection

S. J. Zhong, David A Yuen, L. N. Moresi

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This chapter discusses the commonly used numerical methods in modeling mantle convection. While the general principles of finite-difference, finite-volume, and spectral methods are presented, the focus is on finite-element methods and their implementation. Additionally, the chapter also discusses general strategies in modeling geophysical processes including solid-phase transitions, thermal convection of multiple chemical components, and thermal convection with a power-law rheology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTreatise on Geophysics
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9780444527486
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007


  • Finite difference
  • Finite elements
  • Finite volume
  • Mantle convection
  • Numerical modeling
  • Spectral methods

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