Frontiers in High-Resolution Numerical Modeling of the Ocean


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  • Speaker: Brian Arbic (U-M Earth & Environmental Sciences)
  • Host Department: Physics
  • Date: 11/07/2012
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Location: 340 West Hall

  • Description:

    This talk will begin with brief overviews of physical oceanography (the discipline concerned with the motions of the ocean), physical oceanographic observations, and numerical ocean modeling. We will then describe a U.S. Navy-funded project which has occupied me and several collaborators for several years. We have constructed the first global model to simultaneously contain both atmospherically- and tidally-forced oceanic motions at high horizontal resolution. We will describe several operational and scientific applications of this new model, including its use in the planning of the coming wide-swath satellite altimeter mission.