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Modelling the global coastal ocean

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posted on 2023-05-17, 09:57 authored by Holt, J, Harle, J, Roger ProctorRoger Proctor, Michel, S, Ashworth, M, Batstone, C, Allen, I, Holmes, R, Smyth, T, Haines, K, Bretherton, D, Smith, G
Shelf and coastal seas are regions of exceptionally high biological productivity, high rates of biogeochemical cycling and immense socio-economic importance. They are, however, poorly represented by the present generation of Earth system models, both in terms of resolution and process representation. Hence, these models cannot be used to elucidate the role of the coastal ocean in global biogeochemical cycles and the effects global change (both direct anthropogenic and climatic) are having on them. Here, we present a system for simulating all the coastal regions around the world (the Global Coastal Ocean Modelling System) in a systematic and practical fashion. It is based on automatically generating multiple nested model domains, using the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory Coastal Ocean Modelling System coupled to the European Regional Seas Ecosystem Model. Preliminary results from the system are presented. These demonstrate the viability of the concept, and we discuss the prospects for using the system to explore key areas of global change in shelf seas, such as their role in the carbon cycle and climate change effects on fisheries. © 2008 The Royal Society.


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Royal Society of London. Philosophical Transactions. Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences










Integrated Marine Observing System


Royal Soc London

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Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences

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