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Title: Ocean General Circulation Models

Ocean General Circulation Models 1. Definition of Subject The purpose of this text is to provide an introduction to aspects of oceanic general circulation models (OGCMs), an important component of Climate System or Earth System Model (ESM). The role of the ocean in ESMs is described in Chapter XX (EDITOR: PLEASE FIND THE COUPLED CLIMATE or EARTH SYSTEM MODELING CHAPTERS). The emerging need for understanding the Earth’s climate system and especially projecting its future evolution has encouraged scientists to explore the dynamical, physical, and biogeochemical processes in the ocean. Understanding the role of these processes in the climate system is an interesting and challenging scientific subject. For example, a research question how much extra heat or CO2 generated by anthropogenic activities can be stored in the deep ocean is not only scientifically interesting but also important in projecting future climate of the earth. Thus, OGCMs have been developed and applied to investigate the various oceanic processes and their role in the climate system.
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OSTI Identifier:1081421
Report Number(s):PNNL-SA-80499
DOE Contract Number:AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:Book
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Resource Relation:Related Information: Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, 7365-7381
Research Org:Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US)
Sponsoring Org:USDOE
Country of Publication:United States
Subject: Ocean; General Cirulation Models; Encyclopedia; Sustainability Science and Technology; Climate Change Modeling; Methodology