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  Information - OS13 Ocean Model Development: Physical and Biological (co-listed in BG)

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Recent developments in numerical ocean models both for the physical and the biogeochemical system has been impressive. With increasing computer power the advance in numerical technique is expected to continue and many methods that previously were too complex or demanding have now become a real opportunity.

In physical oceanography novel methods include the choice of hybrid vertical coordinates, unstructured or adaptive meshes, combinations of finite difference, finite volume and finite element methods, advection schemes, parameterization by statistical methods just to name a few.

Better descriptions of physical transport processes have also led to improved simulations of the cycling of biogeochemical tracers.
High-resolution simulations of multiple-tracer, non-linear biological systems are now possible, and the development of new parameterisations of complex food-web structures and functional groups as well as of sub-grid scale mixing of biogeochemical tracers is well under way. Validation of these increasingly complex models is now becoming a critical issue, as are observability and controllability of the model's degrees of freedom.

We solicit contributions covering any of the mentioned topics, including those that aim to quantify the improvements brought about by the recent model developments.

Preliminary List of Solicited Speakers


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