Accession Number : ADA585251
Title : Validation Test Report for the Improved Synthetic Ocean Profile (ISOP) System, Part I: Synthetic Profile Methods and Algorithm
Descriptive Note : Memorandum rept.
Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB STENNIS DETACHMENT STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS OCEANOGRAPHY DIV
Personal Author(s) : Helber, Robert W ; Townsend, Tamara L ; Barron, Charlie N ; Dastugue, Jan M ; Carnes, Michael R
Report Date : 15 Mar 2013
Pagination or Media Count : 128
Abstract : A new method is developed to utilize the relatively abundant satellite observations of sea surface temperature (SST) and sea surface height (SSH) and estimates of mixed layer depth (MLD) to create synthetic profiles of temperature and salinity for assimilation in the Navy's Global Ocean Forecasting System (GOFS). The traditional methods for creating synthetics have limitations particularly with regard to accuracy of the vertical ocean gradients. To address this issue, the Improved Synthetic Ocean Profile (ISOP) system has been developed to more correctly represent the ocean's vertical gradients using a three-layer approach accounting for the ocean's (1) surface mixed layer, (2) vertical gradients below the mixed layer through the thermocline, and (3) relatively quiescent depths. The present document covers the details of the background historical in situ observation database, the three-layer approach, the algorithms for each layer, and the global ISOP stand-alone synthetic validation.
Descriptors : *OCEAN MODELS , FORECASTING , LAYERS , MARINE CLIMATOLOGY , MIXED LAYER(MARINE) , OCEAN SURFACE
Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE