Ocean Modeling

Research focused on improved model representation of ocean processes particularly those processes governing sea surface temperature, upper ocean heat content, and salinity variability including air-sea exchanges, heat-flux, lateral ocean advection, and entrainment at the base of the ocean mixed layer that play a significant role in controlling short-term variability in ocean and coastal circulations as well as long-term variations. It also includes modeling of the ocean from the surface to the ocean floor to improve understanding and, eventually, forecasting of climate variability and climate change

These research activities contribute to NOAA Mission Goal 1: Healthy Oceans – Marine fisheries, habitats, and biodiversity sustained within healthy and productive ecosystems; Goal 2: Climate Adaptation and Mitigation – An informed society anticipating and responding to climate and its impacts; and Goal 3: Weather-Ready Nation – Society is prepared for and responds to weather-related events.