Regional Ocean Modeling System

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The chilly November winds have arrived.  They fetch across the water each morning and snatch away all my warmth as I ride the boat into work.  

Some hardy marine scientists are still out there sampling, but for this ecosystem modeling lab, the darker months are a time when we turn our efforts toward knitting scarves and coding models.  A few of us even enjoy the view of the ocean from our lab in the winter.

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View of the ocean from the Seascape Modeling Lab.

Our library of ecosystem models continues to grow.  One of the capabilities we're adding this winter is integration with the Regional Ocean Modeling System.  To be hip with the jargon, you should call it "ROMS".  The model basically a computation of the equations that govern the motion of the ocean.

I'm just learning this particular model now myself.  Becoming familiar with a new model is often an emotional affair.  Generally, after warming my frigid hands with a cup of coffee in the morning, I spend the subsequent hours alternately tugging my hair out and then crying out in exultation.

Below I've included a link to an animation of the first model computation that most ROMS learners start off with.  There are a few things missing from this animation, so don't worry too much if it's not clear what's happening---I've only just started using this model, after all.  What you should be seeing is a model of wind-driven upwelling.  This is a well-documented process in the ocean.  Wind effectively pushes surface water in one direction, and the deeper waters rise up to replace it.  The color scale shows temperature (C).

Yes, I acknowledge that this is a crude plot, and much is wrong with it.  But it's important through these cold, coding months to celebrate the little things.




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If someone told me that a blog called "Seascape Modeling" could make me laugh out loud on a regular basis (oh, and learn something new every time) I wouldn't have believed them.

For the record, Nick Record, you guys rock.

Thanks Suzy. If there are any topics you'd like to hear more about, let us know. Hope you're having fun at the ocean summit.

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