Validation Test Report for the NRL Ocean Surface Flux (NFLUX) Quality Control and 2D Variational Analysis System
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The Naval Research Laboratory NRL Ocean Surface Flux System Version 1 NFLUX provides observation processing, quality control, and analysis of measurements of ocean surface state variables for application with ocean models. The three gridded analysis fields produced by the NFLUX system are 5-meter air temperature, 5-meter specific humidity, and 10-meter wind speed. The NFLUX system consists of three components processing satellite retrievals of ocean surface state variables NFLUX PRE, automated quality control of the observations NFLUX QC, and 2D variational analyses of the satellite and in situ data with atmospheric models NFLUX VAR. This document reviews and presents the current capability of the second and third components of the NFLUX system. NFLUX produces 6-hourly global and regional analysis fields, which are compared to current operational ocean forcing models i.e., NOGAPS and COAMPS, and validated against 2 years of in situ observations.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography