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An Eddy Resolving Tidal-driven Model of the South China Sea Assimilating Along-track Sla Data Using the Enoi : Volume 8, Issue 2 (21/04/2011)

By Xie, J.

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Title: An Eddy Resolving Tidal-driven Model of the South China Sea Assimilating Along-track Sla Data Using the Enoi : Volume 8, Issue 2 (21/04/2011)  
Author: Xie, J.
Volume: Vol. 8, Issue 2
Language: English
Subject: Science, Ocean, Science
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Zhu, J., Counillon, F., Bertino, L., & Xie, J. (2011). An Eddy Resolving Tidal-driven Model of the South China Sea Assimilating Along-track Sla Data Using the Enoi : Volume 8, Issue 2 (21/04/2011). Retrieved from

Description: ICCES, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qi jia huo zi, De sheng men wai Street, Beijing 100029, China. The upper ocean circulation in the South China Sea (SCS) is driven by the Asian monsoon, the Kuroshio intrusion through the Luzon Strait, strong tidal currents, and a complex topography. Here, we demonstrate the benefit of assimilating along-track altimeter data into a nested configuration of the HYbrid Coordinate Ocean Model that includes tides. Including tides in models are important because they interact with the main circulation. However, assimilation of altimetry data into a model including tides is challenging because tides and mesoscales features contribute to the elevation of ocean surface at different time scales and require different corrections. To address this issue, tides are filtered out of the model output and only the mesoscale variability is corrected with a computationally cheap data assimilation method: the Ensemble Optimal Interpolation (EnOI). The method uses a running selection of members to handle the seasonal variability and assimilates the track data asynchronously. The data assimilative system is tested for the period 1994–1995, during which time a large number of validation data are available. Data assimilation reduces the Root Mean Square Error of Sea Level Anomalies from 9.3 cm to 6.9 cm and improves the representation of the mesoscale features. With respect to the vertical temperature profiles, the data assimilation scheme improves the results at intermediate depth, but a slight degradation of the results at the surface is noted. The comparison to surface drifters shows an improvement of surface current by approximately −8.3%, with largest improvements in the Northern SCS and east of Vietnam.

An eddy resolving tidal-driven model of the South China Sea assimilating along-track SLA data using the EnOI

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