Coupled atmospheric and ocean circulation circumpolar models

Circumpolar ocean and regional circulation models, downscaling techniques

The course will introduce physical processes active in the ocean at mid and high southern latitudes to include wind and buoyancy forced circulation and sea ice processes in the Southern Ocean and on Antarctic and Patagonian continental shelves. Practical understanding of these processes will develop through the configuration and use of an ocean circulation numerical model.

General objectives

  • Understanding of physical processes active in the ocean and sea ice at mid and high southern latitudes
  • Understanding of the constraints of designing and applying numerical ocean circulation models to the Southern Ocean and nearby continental shelf regions
  • Creating useful regional models by application of these principles
  • Analyzing model simulations to identify important processes

 

Contents

  • Dynamical processes in the Southern Ocean and relevant shelf areas
  • Representation of these processes in the ROMS numerical model within the COAWST model system
  • Application of the circulation model to a simplified Southern Ocean
  • Application of the circulation model to a continental shelf area near Antarctica and/or Patagonia
  • Analysis of processes in model simulations through the use of budgets, tracers or simulated drifting particles
  • Comparison of model solutions to observations