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The Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center







a non-profit
research institute affiliated with the University of Bergen






Thormøhlensgate 47,

N-5006 Bergen

Norway



NERSC Technical Report no. 300


MERSEA TOP2 Assessment report


Arctic Thematic Portal


by


Bertino L., K.A. Lisæter, I. Keghouche

Bergen, October 1, 2012



Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center

Thormøhlensgate 47

N-5006 Bergen - NORWAY

Phone: +47 55 20 58 00 Fax. +47 55 20 58 01

E-mail: administrasjon@nersc.no Web.site: http://www.nersc.no



a non-profit environmental research center

affiliated with the university of Bergen




REPORT

TITLE

MERSEA TOP2 Assessment report

Arctic Thematic Portal

REPORT No.

Technical report no. 300

CLIENT

EU FP6

CONTRACT

MERSEA IP

CONTACT PERSONS

Fabrice Hernandez, Mercator

Yves Desaubies, Ifremer

AVAILABILITY

Public

AUTHORS

Bertino, L., K.A. Lisæter, I. Keghouche

DATE

October 1, 2012

SUMMARY

optional

APPROVAL


Author



Ola M. Johannessen, Director

Table of Content


Introduction 1

Project context 1

Purpose of the document 1

Assessment documents overview 1

Consistency and quality: Class1, 2, and 3 2

Arctic TEP 2

Class1: Monthly mean Potential Temperature differences at 30, 400 and 1500 meters with respect to Levitus 2005. 2

Class1: Monthly mean Salinity differences at 30, 400 and 1500 meters with respect to Levitus 2005. 6

Class1: Monthly mean ice concentration differences with respect to satellite observations. 9

Class1: Monthly mean ice drift differences with respect to satellite observations. 12

Class1: Monthly mean Sea Surface Height (m). Comparison with satellite observations. 12

Class2: (T,S) cross sections. 13

Class2: Moorings. Comparison with observations 15

Class3: Volume transport (m3) across various straits. 16

PERFORMANCE: Class4 with T/S coriolis proFiles (action: Laurence Crosnier) 19

Arctic TEP 19

Performance against ice concentrations 19

COnclusion 25

Synthesis for the Arctic system 25



Acronyms


ARGO

global array of profiling floats

BOOS

Baltic Operational Oceanographic System (http://www.boos.org/ )

CLIVAR

CLImate VARiability and predictability

DMI

Danish Meteorological Institute

ECMWF

European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecast

EOF

Empirical Orthogonal Functions

ESEOO

Establecimiento de un Sistema Español de Oceanografía Operacional

ESSC

Environmental Systems Science Centre

FGAT

First Guess at Appropriate Time

GLOSS

Global Sea Level Observing System

GODAE

Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment

HYCOM

Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model

INGV

Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia

MEC

MERSEA Executive Committee

MDT

Mean Dynamic Topography, also called MSSH (Mean Sea Surface Height)

MERSEA

Marine EnviRonment and Security for the European Area

MICOM

Miami Isopycnal Coordinate Ocean Model

MLD

Mixed Layer Depth

MRCS

POLCOMS Medium Resolution Continental Shelf Model

NCEP

National Centers for Environmental Prediction-http://www.ncep.noaa.gov/

NCOF/UKMO

National Center for Ocean Forecasting / United Kingdom Meteorological Office

NDBC

National Data Buoy Center, NOAA, USA

NEA

North East Atlantic region (and forecasting TEP)

NERSC

Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center

n.m.

Nautical miles

NOAA

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOOS

North West Shelf Operational Oceanographic System (http://www.noos.cc/ )

NSIDC

National Snow and Ice Data Center (http://nsidc.org/ )

NWP

Numerical Weather Prediction

RMS

Root Mean Square

ROOI

Reduced Order Optimal Interpolation

SLA

Sea Level Anomaly

SOOP

Ship Of Opportunity Program

SST

Sea Surface Temperature

SSS

Sea Surface Salinity

Sv

Sverdrup, transport unit in 106 m3/s

TBD

To Be Defined

TEP

Thematic Environmental Portal

TOP

Targeted Operational Period

VOS

Voluntaree Observing Ship

WIN

Wide Integrated Network

WOCE

World Ocean Circulation Experiment

WP

Work Package



Reference documents









[REF1]

Overall Specification of the MERSEA Integrated System WP5.1., 24 March 2005“. MERSEA-WP05-MERCA-STR-0005.01A”

[REF2]

Description of MERSEA Core System version v.1. Project Deliverables D9.3.2. 6 April 2006. M. J. Bell. MERSEA-WP09-METUK-STR004.01A.doc.

[REF3]

Meeting report. TOP 1 meeting. Issy les Moulineaux. May 24-25, 2005. P. Bahurel, M. Bell, Y. Desaubies. 31 May 2005. MERSEA-WP01-IFR-ECMR-006-01.doc

[REF4]

Summary of WP9 Meeting, Exeter, 1-3 February 2006. Mike Bell (NCOF/UKMO)

[REF5]

Draft Agreement and actions minutes from MERSEA WP9 TOP2 Meeting at Exeter 2-4 October 2006. Mike Bell (NCOF/UKMO)

[REF6]

Assessment during TOP1: guideline for metrics implementation. Delivery D5.4.4. MERSEA-WP05-MERCA-STR-0014.01C”

[REF7]

List of internal Metrics, specification for implementation. WP 5. Authors: L Crosnier, F. Hernandez et al. 24 March 2005. MERSEA-WP05-MERCA-STR0007_01A.doc

[REF8]

Definition of Class 1-4 metrics for the Arctic. Authors: L. Bertino, K. Lisaeter, G. Garric et al. May 2006. Project deliverable D5.4.5. MERSEA-WP05-NERSC-TECN-0017.02A.doc

[REF9]

List of internal metrics for the MERSEA-GODAE Global Ocean: Specification for implementation. L. Crosnier et al.. D5.4.5. MERSEA-WP05-MERCA-STR0015.01A.doc.

[REF10]

Guideline for the GODAE providers: Convention for the GODAE files, OpenDap and Live Access Server. L. Crosnier. D5.4.5 .MERSEA-WP05-MERCA-STR0016.01A.doc.

[REF11]

Guideline for Class 4 implementation. Project deliverable D5.4.5. MERSEA-WP05-MERCA-STR-0018.02A

[REF12]

Executive Committee Meeting Report: MEC-5. Paris, December 8-9, 2005. January 25, 2006. Y. Desaubies. MERSEA-WP01-IFR-ECMR-009.1c.doc.

[REF13]

Atlantic and Mediterranean metrics for TOP2. Project deliverable D5.4.5. MERSEA-WP05-MERCA-STR-0026.00A



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