Development of a Regional Coastal and Open Ocean Forecast System
HARVARD UNIV CAMBRIDGE MA DIV OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCES
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LONG-TERM GOALS. The long term goal is to construct, verify and demonstrate an efficient system for the realistic, accurate and efficient estimation of oceanic fields which can be deployed rapidly in any region of the world ocean the coastal and shelf ocean, across the shelfbreak and the open ocean. OBJECTIVES. The objectives of this research are i to continue the development of a relocatable, portable and efficient ocean prediction system for realtime forecasting and interdisciplinary research ii to demonstrate and validate HOPS in realtime exercises at sea and on land iii to implement regional forecast system methodologies and, iv to share software with the modeling and operational community. APPROACH. The approach to software implementation within the Harvard Ocean Prediction System allows simple and flexible inter-module flow of information and the addition of models and procedures developed inhouse or elsewhere. Standard data management procedures, data formats, generic data assimilation schemes amenable for use in diverse models are required. The approach to data assimilation emphasizes treatment of the data before assimilation via Structured Data Models e.g. feature models and EOFs which are used to represent synoptic structures. The approach to regional forecast system development involves an Exploratory phase in which dominant scales, processes and interactions are identified a Dynamical phase which establishes the circulation structures, the processes of synoptic evolution and events, and calibrates the regional system and, a Predictive phase involving forecast experiments to verify the regional forecast system.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Computer Programming and Software