Software Design Description for the Polar Ice Prediction System (PIPS) Version 3.0
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS OCEANOGRAPHY DIV
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The Polar Ice Prediction System PIPS Version 3.0 is a dynamic sea-ice model that forecasts conditions in all sea-ice covered areas in the northern hemisphere down to 30 degrees north in latitude. It has a horizontal resolution of approximately 9 km. The vertical resolution in the model has been set at 45 levels so that Arctic shelves, continental slopes, and submarine ridges are accurately represented. Currently, the domain includes the Irminger, Labrador, North, and Baltic Seas on the Atlantic side and the Bering Sea, Sea of Japan, and the Sea of Okhotsk on the Pacific. The PIPS 3.0 system is based on the Los Alamos ice model and coupled via file transfer to the operational, global Navy Coastal Ocean Model gNCOM. The system forecasts daily ice thickness, concentration, and drift in the Artic Ocean. This report documents the matematical formulations, flow charts, and descriptions of the programs and subroutines.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Snow, Ice and Permafrost
- Computer Programming and Software