COUPLED OCEAN-WAVE MODEL DEVELOPMENT IN FORECAST ENVIRONMENT
PI and organization: Joanna Staneva (HZG)
Co-Is: Oyvind Breivik (MetNo), Luigi Cavaleri (CNR), Victor Alari (TUT).
Abstract: This proposal deals with improving the coupling between ocean circulation model systems and wave models in a forecast environment. The proposed activity will focus on the implementation of a coupled system in the operational short-term forecasting framework taking advantage of the developments in the frame of MyWave and MyOcean projects and supported by regional operating forecasting systems. The proposal aims at further development of the NEMO ocean model and the forcing which will explicitly include: the effect of waves from wave models on the upper ocean dynamics; providing to the CMEMS forecast services software for additional parameters which have to be exchanged between waves and hydrodynamic models; improved validation methods by retrieved wave information from satellite data and in situ platforms; demonstrating the interaction of waves and currents at small scales both in the middle of oceans and near the shoreline. Most of the CMEMS target fields – marine safety, marine resources, marine environment and forecasting – will directly benefit from the proposed R&D work proposed here. Thus, it is expected that the proposal will make connections to CMEMS in order to support the future production of more consistent ocean-marine weather information including also surface waves, as often requested by users.