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NOCS: NEMO activities in 2006. Preliminary tests of a full “LOBSTER” biogechemical model within the ORCA1 configuration. (6 extra passive tracers). Developed “on-the-fly” interpolation of CORE forcing fields. Installed AGRIF capabilities. Configured an ORCA1 model with 1/4 o N.A.

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NOCS: NEMO activities in 2006

  • Preliminary tests of a full “LOBSTER” biogechemical model within the
  • ORCA1 configuration. (6 extra passive tracers).
  • Developed “on-the-fly” interpolation of CORE forcing fields.
  • Installed AGRIF capabilities. Configured an ORCA1 model with 1/4o N.A.
    • and 1/12 degree Flemish Cap region.
  • Agreed common 64 level vertical grid with A.M. Treguier
    • (replaces 66 level option)
  • Obtained and tried the ORCA025 configuration.
  • Attempted topographic and Straits modifications to improve inter-basin exchanges
  • Tested Chris Harris’ (UKMO) implementation of Griffies’ skew-flux formulation of eddy induced transport.
  • Preparing to test ORCA1 with DRAKKAR-compatible physical parameters and options in longer tests (DFS3 forcing)
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OCEANS 2025: Themes and selected scientific objectives

Theme 9: Next Generation Ocean Prediction Systems:

  • How sensitive are climate models to the manner in which sea ice is coupled?
  • Can nested models be trusted to give accurate results?
  • Can an ocean model be made energetically self-consistent?
  • What is the most appropriate level of complexity of biogeochemical models in climate studies?

Approaches and methodologies:

  • Develop NEMO as the core OGCM for use by the scientific community in the UK,

at resolutions of 1°, ¼°and 1/12°, and with nested grids (WP 9.10).

  • Develop an ocean model testbed permitting objective intercomparison and validation of a range

of ecosystem models, with a view to embedding the most promising in OGCMs (WP 9.11).

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OCEANS 2025: Themes and selected scientific objectives

Theme 2: Marine Biogeochemical Cycles

  • To determine the sensitivity to future climate change of the mechanisms sustaining total nutrient

supply to the photic zone over the three major biomes of the North Atlantic.

Approaches and methodologies:

  • Quantify the magnitude and sensitivity of nutrient fluxes associated with winter overturning

and Ekman pumping. For overturning, this will be achieved using time-series stations,

Argo floats and mooring data together with previous studies and basin-scale simulations

(NEMO both at ¼º and with a smaller scale nested component at 1/12º in the North Atlantic).

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OCEANS 2025: Themes and selected scientific objectives

Theme 1: Climate, Ocean Circulation, and Sea Level

  • Model simulations of climate change in the ocean
  • Identifying the causes of recent climate change in the ocean
  • Physical-biogeochemical budgets and mixing in the Southern Ocean (DIMES)

Research plan and deliverables:

  • 2008: Completed simulation of changes in the ocean over the period 1950 - 2006 obtained by

running NEMO globally at 1/4° resolution (and with a nested 1/12° North Atlantic grid)

using NCEP/NCAR (and possibly ECMWF) derived surface flux fields (WP 1.1b)

extra physics in mom4 occam
Extra Physics in MOM4/OCCAM
  • Horizontal K11 term isn't truncated. This models horizontal diapycnal diffusivity in the ML
  • Extra tapering near the surface (the sine taper) of all terms except K11.Prevents too-strong surface-intensified GM velocities and allows smooth change from isopycnal to horizontal diffusion.
  • Linear variation of the GM streamfunction between the ML base and surface to spread the GM flux through the ML. Otherwise, the steep-slope tapering brings the GM streamfunction to zero somewhere just above the ML base, and hence the GM flux is concentrated at the ML base
  • Option to limit GM streamfunction at KGMSmax instead of tapering it to zero for slopes exceeding Smax. Allows more restratification.
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Core strategic Modelling Infrastructure

Climatological

Six hourly winds

Assimilation runs

OCCAM

  • 66 vertical levels
  • High frequency surface
  • fluxes
  • KPP mixed layer
  • Isopycnic mixing
  • Variable bottom box
  • Sea ice