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Modelling the hydrodynamics and ecosystem of the North-West European continental shelf for operational oceanography

Siddorn, J.R.; Allen, J.I.; Blackford, J.C.; Gilbert, F.J.; Holt, J. T.; Holt, M.W.; Osborne, J.P.; Proctor, R.; Mills, D.K.. 2007 Modelling the hydrodynamics and ecosystem of the North-West European continental shelf for operational oceanography. Journal of Marine Systems, 65 (1-4). 417-429. 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2006.01.018

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Abstract/Summary

This paper outlines an approach to complex spatio-temporal marine ecosystem modelling as applied to the North Western European Continental Shelf. The model presented here combines an eddy-permitting (approximately 6 km horizontal resolution) baroclinic model, the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory Coastal Ocean Modelling System (POLCOMS), with the European Regional Seas Ecosystem Model (ERSEM). This has been run within an operational framework using operationally available high resolution atmospheric and lateral boundary forcing, allowing hindcast and near-real time nowcast simulations to be performed. The modelled surface temperature and chlorophyll distributions are presented, and interannual variations discussed. Validation of both the physical and ecosystem submodels show the system to be effective, whilst highlighting areas where improvements in the system can be made. Distinct regional differences in predictive skill are shown. The system presented is ready for operational implementation to provide products and services for use both scientifically and in coastal zone and shelf seas management activities. A programme of work to update the system is already in place

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2006.01.018
Programmes: Oceans 2025 > Sustainable marine resources
ISSN: 0924-7963
Additional Keywords: ISI REF LLM6141C PROG3 THEME 6 OPM2007 NISCFEB07 AR0607 UKPUBLICSECTOR AJWFEB07 HIJ JOURNAL NORTH ATLANTIC NORTH WEST EUROPEAN SHELF NORTH SEA IRISH SEA POLIRISH ENGLISH CHANNEL MODELLING ECOSYSTEMS PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY SHELF SEAS OPERATIONAL OCEANOGRAPHY POLCOMS ERSEM
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Date made live: 08 Oct 2008 12:52
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2660

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