Validation Test Report for the BioCast Optical Forecast Model Version 1.0
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The Bio-Optical Forecasting BioCast System is a model that provides the U.S. Navy with short-term forecasts of the oceans optical environment. These forecasts are used to support a broad spectrum of naval operations. BioCast ingests satellite surface optical properties and 3D ocean model velocity forecasts and calculates a three-dimensional optical property pseudo-tracer transport. BioCast verification statistics generated via forecast comparison to next-day satellite images show superior performance over 24-hour persistence of composite satellite data. Future updates include integration of 3D optical property as initial state and complex bottom sediment models for nephloid layer.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography