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The Mercator-Ocean Scientific Newsletter is being published electronically 4 times a year, on January, April, July and October 1st. Its purpose is to provide a periodical forum for the circulation of ideas and research results among the operational oceanography community. It is a scientific journal addressing specialists on the covered topic. It is dedicated to operational oceanography and its latest challenges and progress.

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Newsletter #52: Special Issue jointly coordinated by Mercator Ocean and Coriolis focusing on Ocean Observations

Posted the 06/15/2015
Summary :
  •  CORIOLIS 2014-2020: AN INTEGRATED IN-SITU OBSERVATION INFRASTRUCTURE FOR OPERATIONAL OCEANOGRAPHY AND OCEAN/CLIMATE RESEARCH By P-Y. Le Traon
  •  DEPLOYING ARGO FLOATS IN THE BARCELONA WORLD RACE By N. Poffa , N. Lebreton , M. Kramp
  •  THE EURO-ARGO ERIC OFFICIALLY SET UP By S. Pouliquen, P-Y. Le Traon and Euro-Argo Members and Observers
  •  ASSESSESMENT OF THE IMPACT OF ARGO IN OCEAN MODELS AND SATELLITE VALIDATION FROM E-AIMS PROJECT By P.Y. Le Traon, E. Remy, J. Ballabrera-Poy
  •  ARGO AND SMOS SSS COMBINATION HELPS MONITORING SSS VARIABILITY FROM BASIN SCALE TO MESOSCALE By N. Kolodziejczyk, J. Boutin, O. Hernandez, A. Sommer, G. Reverdin, S. Marchand, N. Martin,J.-L. Vergely, and X. Yin
  •  FRENCH PIRATA CRUISES S-ADCP DATA PROCESSING By G. Herbert, C. Kermabon, J. Grelet, B. Bourlès
  •  TPOS2020: TROPICAL PACIFIC OBSERVING SYSTEM FOR 2020 By S. Cravatte, A. Ganachaud, B. Dewitte, F. Hernandez
  •  CALIBRATION OF CTD OXYGEN DATA COLLECTED IN THE CORAL SEA DURING THE 2012 BIFURCATION CRUISE By Carole Saout-Grit, Alexandre Ganachaud, Christophe Maes, Luc Finot, Léocadie Jamet, François Baurand and Jacques Grelet
  •  SURFACE CURRENT FIELD IMPROVEMENTS- REGIONAL ALTIMETRY FOR SPURS By R. Dussurget, S. Mulet, M-I. Pujol, A. Sommer, N. Kolodziejczyk, G. Reverdin, M.-H. Rio
  •  THE GROOM PROJECT AND THE GLIDER EUROPEAN RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE By Laurent Mortier, Pierre Testor, Victor Turpin

Newsletter #51: Special Issue with ICE-ARC

Posted the 04/02/2015
Summary :
  • ICE ARC Project
  • ASSESSING CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS ON MARINE ECOSYSTEMS AND HUMAN ACTIVITIES
    IN THE ARCTIC OCEAN: THE EUROPEAN ACCESS PROGRAMME (2011-2015)
  • THE YEAR OF POLAR PREDICTION (YOPP): CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
    IN ICE-OCEAN FORECASTING
  • IAOOS (ICE - ATMOSPHERE - ARCTIC OCEAN OBSERVING SYSTEM, 2011-2019)
  • SEA ICE ANALYSIS AND FORECASTING WITH GLOSEA5
  • RECENT PROGRESS IN SEA ICE DATA ASSIMILATION AT ENVIRONMENT CANADA
  • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IMPACTING THE SEA ICE IN THE MERCATOR OCÉAN GLOBAL ¼° CONFIGURATION
  • PARAMETERIZATION OF DRAG COEFFICIENTS OVER POLAR SEA ICE FOR CLIMATE MODELS 
  • A MAXWELL-ELASTO-BRITTLE RHEOLOGY FOR SEA ICE MODELING

Newsletter #50 : Special Issue jointly coordinated by Mercator Ocean and Coriolis focusing on Ocean Observations

Posted the 05/28/2014
Summary :
  • DELAYED MODE ANALYSIS OF ARGO FLOATS: IMPROVEMENTS OF THE METHOD IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC AND SOUTHERN OCEAN
  • ZONAL JETS AT 1000M IN THE TROPICS OBSERVED FROM ARGO FLOATS’ DRIFTS
  • UPPER OCEAN SALINITY STRATIFICATION IN THE TROPICS AS DERIVED FROM N2, THE BUOYANCY FREQUENCY
  • MONITORING THE OCEAN WITH TARA - A CORIOLIS PERSPECTIVE
  • ELEPHANT SEALS HELP US TO BETTER OBSERVE THE SOUTHERN OCEAN
  • OBSERVING SYSTEM EXPERIMENT: A SIMPLE TOOL TO ASSESS THE MULTIPLE ROLES PLAYED BY ARGO OBSERVATIONS ON THE OPERATIONAL FORECASTING SYSTEM OF MERCATOR OCÉAN

Newsletter #49 : The Pre-operational PREVIMER system

Posted the 04/25/2014
Summary :
  • GENERAL INTRODUCTION: PREVIMER, A FRENCH PRE-OPERATIONAL COASTAL OCEAN FORECASTING CAPABILITY
  • PREVIMER: A CONTRIBUTION TO IN SITU COASTAL OBSERVING SYSTEMS
  • OBSERVATION OF SURFACE CURRENTS BY HF RADARS
  • PAOLA: A NEW AUTONOMOUS AIR-DEPLOYED OCEAN PROFILER
  • NEW PROCEDURE FOR INTERPOLATING SATELLITE-DERIVED SUSPENDED PARTICULATE MATTERS WITHIN THE PREVIMER CONTEXT
  • PREVIMER: IMPROVEMENT OF SURGE, SEA LEVEL AND CURRENTS MODELLING
  • NUMERICAL WAVE MODELING IN PREVIMER: MULTI-SCALE AND MULTI-PARAMETER DEMONSTRATIONS
  • DOWNSCALING FROM OCEANIC GLOBAL CIRCULATION MODEL TOWARDS REGIONAL AND COASTAL MODEL USING SPECTRAL NUDGING TECHNIQUES
  • EVALUATION OF THE HYDROLOGY AND DYNAMICS OF THE OPERATIONAL MARS3D CONFIGURATION OF THE BAY OF BISCAY
  • MENOR: A HIGH-RESOLUTION (1.2 KM) MODELING OF THE NORTH-WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA ROUTINELY RUN BY THE PREVIMER OPERATIONAL FORECAST SYSTEM
  • DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION OF A SEDIMENT DYNAMICS MODEL WITHIN A COASTAL OPERATIONAL OCEANOGRAPHIC SYSTEM
  • OPERATIONAL MODELLING OF NUTRIENTS AND PHYTOPLANCTON IN THE BAY OF BISCAY AND ENGLISH CHANNEL
  • BMGTOOLS : A COMMUNITY TOOL TO HANDLE MODEL GRID AND BATHYMETRY
  • VACUMM – A PYTHON LIBRARY FOR OCEAN SCIENCE
  • A TOOL FOR COASTAL OCEAN FORECASTER

Newsletter #48 : Special Issue jointly coordinated by Mercator Ocean and Coriolis focusing on Ocean Observations

Posted the 04/01/2013
Summary :
  • MyOcean In Situ TAC: A new in situ service for operational and research communities
  • Using In Situ TAC products to view the early February 2013 Storm over the Iberian Biscay Irish (IBI) area.
  • French Argo float deployment from opportunity vessels in 2012
  • MOOSE: Mediterranean data management link with Coriolis
  • European contributions to SPURS (Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean regional Study): Research cruise STRASSE, Argo and Provbio floats, surface drifters, ships of opportunity
  • Development and validation of the new ProvBioII float

Newsletter #47 : Impact of the loss/addition of satellite altimetry on operational products

Posted the 03/26/2013
Summary :
  • GODAE OceanView Observing System Evaluation (OSEval) Task Team news
  • Death and birth in the Altimetry constellation
  • An eventful year in the Altimetry constellation
  • Impact of the loss/addition of satellite altimetry on Mercator Ocean operational products
  • Evaluation experiment to test the value of altimetry in FOAM

Newsletter #46 : Special issue NEMO-MyOcean

Posted the 11/16/2012
Summary :
  • NEMO for dummies
  • NEMO organisation
  • Coupled physical-biogeochemical ocean modeling using NEMO components
  • Toward a data assimilation system for NEMO
  • NEMO in MyOcean Monitoring and Forecasting Centers (MFCs)
  • NEMO: the modeling engine of global ocean reanalyses
  • MED12, oceanic component for the modeling of the regional Mediterranean earth system
  • NEMO for climate modeling

Newsletter #45 : Special Issue jointly coordinated by Mercator Ocean and Coriolis focusing on Ocean Observations

Posted the 04/01/2012
Summary :
  • NAOS: preparing the new decade for Argo.
  • Ice, Atmosphere, Ocean Observing System: the EQUIPEX-funded IAOOS project.
  • Autonomously profiling the nitrate concentrations in the ocean: the pronuts project.
  • EGO: Towards a global glider infrastructure for the benefit of marine research and operational oceanography.
  • Cirene: from cyclones to interannual timescales in the south-western tropical Indian Ocean.
  • Use of ARGO floats to study the ocean dynamics south of Africa: what we have learned from the GoodHope project and what we plan within the SAMOC international programme.
  • Use of altimetric and wind data to detect the anomalous loss of SVP-type drifter’s drogue
  • Surface salinity drifters for SMOS validation
  • A new information and data mining tool for North Atlantic Argo data

Newsletter #44 : Various areas of benefit using the Mercator Ocean products

Posted the 01/01/2012
Summary :
  •  Meteo-France and Mercator Ocean contribution to the search of the AF447 wreckage
  • Mercator Ocean operational global ocean system 1/12° PSY4V1: performances and applications in the context of the nuclear disaster of Fukushima
  • Drift forecast with Mercator Ocean velocity fields and addition of external wind/wave contribution
  • GLORYS2V1 Global ocean reanalysis of the altimetric era (1993-2009) at meso scale

Newsletter #43 : Three of the MyOcean long time series reanalysis products

Posted the 11/01/2011
Summary :
  • News: Workshop on Observing System Evaluation and Intercomparisons : a GODAE Ocean view/GSOP/CLIVAR event (13-17 June 2011, Santa Cruz, USA)
  • CORA3, a comprehensive and qualified ocean in-situ dataset from 1990 to 2010
  • A multivariate reanalysis of the North Atlantic ocean biogeochemistry during 1998-2007 based on the assimilation of SeaWiFS data
  • Ifremer/CERSAT Arctic sea ice drift 1992-2010 time series from satellite measurements for myocean