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RAPID: MITgcm ocean model channel experiment outputs (2003-2006)

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Latest Data Update: 2007-12-07
Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2008-12-03
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 30.86K Files | 35GB


"The Circulation, overflow, and deep convection studies in the Nordic Seas using tracers and models" project was a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) RAPID Climate Change Research Programme project (Round 1 - NER/T/S/2002/00446 - Duration 1 Aug 2003 - 31 Oct 2006 ) led by Prof Andrew Watson of the University of East Anglia, also with co-investigators at the University of East Anglia. Dataset contains sources of water in the Greenland-Scotland overflows: recent tracer release and transient tracer observations, as well as the initiation of convection and its relation to submesoscale hydrodynamics.

This dataset contains MIT General Circulation Model (MITgcm) ocean model channel experiment outputs.

Citable as:  NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre; Watson, A. (2008): RAPID: MITgcm ocean model channel experiment outputs (2003-2006). Natural Environment Research Council, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: RAPID, Climate change, Nordic Sea


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Data provided as is by Kevin Oliver while at UEA.

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This dataset was generated by the computation detailed below.

MIT General Circulation Model (MITgcm) run by Climate Research Unit (CRU) at UEA


This computation involved: MIT General Circulation Model (MITgcm) deployed on Climate Research Unit (CRU) at UEA.
MITgcm (MIT General Circulation Model) is a numerical model designed for study of the atmosphere, ocean, and climate. A novel feature of MITgcm is its ability to simulate, using one basic algorithm, both atmospheric and oceanographic flows at both small and large scales. Its adjoint capability enables it to be applied to parameter and state estimation problems. The non-hydrostatic capability allows the model to simulate overturning and mixing processes. When used in conjunction with the finite volume representation of topography (known as shaved-cells or partial steps using the method of cut cells) the model provides a flexible tool for studying mixing process and dynamical interactions with steep topography.

MITgcm can be used to study both atmospheric and oceanic circulation. It has a non-hydrostatic capability and supports horizontal orthogonal curvilinear coordinates. It has finite volume treatment of topography and supports a wide range of physical parameterizations. It has tangent linear and adjoint code maintained alongside the forward model, and can run on your pc, workstation or parallel computer using flexible domain decomposition.

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