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Circulation the Pacific Ocean seen a global ocean model (OCCAM)

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Circulation the Pacific Ocean seen
a global ocean model (OCCAM)
Peter M. Saunders, Andrew Coward, Beverly Cuevas
Southampton Oceanography Centre, Southampton, England, United Kingdom.
be published JGR Oceans 1999 Copyright AGU
Abstract. This paper compares observations made Pacific Ocean the 8­12 year clima­
tology global numerical model. Meridional mass heat transports their divergences
calculated, and zonal averages compared with the air­sea exchange values Doney
[1998] with mixed success. The large scale distribution surface height near­surface
currents shown well reproduced model, but their variance underestimated,
severely areas
of weak variability. Synoptic wind forcing enhances latter, though only
slightly, while higher model resolution improves agreement areas strong variability. Model
mean transports East Australian Current, the Vitiaz Strait and Kuroshio exceed
measurements 10, respectively, variability underestimated factors between
and Near 1000
m strong currents flow overestimated, over most ocean,
model output does match either magnitude


Source: Anderson, Tom - National Oceanography Centre Southampton


Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology