Ocean Circulation and Temperature Prediction Model

I. The Pacific

by R. C. Alexander


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One of a series of reports on research and development under the Rand/ARPA Climate Dynamics Project. This report is aimed primarily at development, specifically model improvement in an important area: the need for an interactive world ocean model for climate experiments in conjunction with the Mintz-Arakawa atmospheric general circulation model. A main conclusion is that an oceanic general circulation model can make 15-day predictions showing appreciable changes in temperature distributions, at least in low latitudes. This may have important implications for monthly and seasonal simulations with interacting atmospheric and oceanic models. The Pacific model is being extended to the world ocean case. (See also R-505, RM-5594, RM-6110, RM-6210, RM-6211.)

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