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RAPID Assimilation in Ocean and Coupled Models to Determine the Thermohaline Circulation: Numerical circulation model data

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"The Assimilation in ocean and coupled models to determine the thermohaline circulation" project was a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) RAPID Climate Change Research Programme project (Round 2 - NE/C509058/1 - Duration 1 Sep 2005 - 30 Sep 2009) led by Prof Keith Haines of the University of Reading, with co-investigators at the National Oceanography Centre.

This dataset collection contains Atlantic Ocean Thermohaline Circulation (ATOC) model measurements.

To make the best use of the historical research ship records as well as new observations from autonomous ocean profiling floats and special observing programs such as Rapid climate change, it was proposed to assimilate all of the available data from the past 40 years into a high quality ocean circulation model that can represent complete fields of ocean properties. In this way derived quantities such as the north-south mass and heat transports which are vital to understanding the oceans role in controlling climate, could be determined. The project also put into context the various timeseries of observations that have been compiled from local regions which suggest that important changes in ocean circulation and transports have been ongoing in the past decades. These timeseries have been put into a basin scale and global scale context of ongoing change. The program determined the relationship between hydrographic signals in different parts of the ocean basins (particularly the N Atlantic). The program provided a method for assimilating data from the thermohaline monitoring arrays into an ocean model that could then be used as part of a coupled climate model for multi-annual climate prediction.

Rapid Climate Change (RAPID) was a £20 million, six-year (2001-2007) programme for the Natural Environment Research Council. The programme aimed to improve the ability to quantify the probability and magnitude of future rapid change in climate, with a main (but not exclusive) focus on the role of the Atlantic Ocean's Thermohaline Circulation.

Citable as:Natural Environment Research Council; Haines, K.; Smith, G.; et. al (2008): RAPID Assimilation in Ocean and Coupled Models to Determine the Thermohaline Circulation: Numerical circulation model data. NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, date of citation.
Abbreviation: rapid_assimilation
Keywords: RAPID, Climate change, Atlantic Ocean's Thermohaline Circulation


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