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Modelling the hydrodynamics and ecosystem of the North-West European continental shelf for operational oceanography
Siddorn, J.R.; Icarus Allen, J.; 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. J. Mar. Syst. 65(1-4): 417-429. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.jmarsys.2006.01.018
In: Journal of Marine Systems. Elsevier: Tokyo; Oxford; New York; Amsterdam. ISSN 0924-7963, more
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Keyword
    Marine
Author keywords
    Modelling; Ecosystems; Physical oceanography; Shelf seas; Operational oceanography; POLCOMS-ERSEM

Authors  Top 
  • Siddorn, J.R.
  • Icarus Allen, J.
  • Blackford, J.C.
  • Gilbert, F.J.
  • Holt, J.T.
  • Holt, M.W.
  • Osborne, J.P.
  • Proctor, R.
  • Mills, D.K.

Abstract
    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.

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