Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
2004 projects
Upper ocean biogeochemistry

Simulations of coastal ocean physics and ecosystems (SCOPE)

Project Manager: Francisco Chavez
Lead Scientist: John Ryan

Work continues on modeling the coastal upwelling ecosystem within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) with high spatial (kilometers) and temporal (days) resolution. The high-resolution coastal model is nested within regional and basin-scale models. The model includes the interconnected physical, chemical, and biological processes, and is capable of assimilating data from satellites and in situ sensors. The model development focuses on simulating the observed seasonal and interannual variations in physical oceanographic forcing and the chemical and biological consequences. The rich historical data-base and excellent matrix of real-time ocean observing systems available from MBARI in the sanctuary provide a unique environment for the development of the next generation of coupled coastal physical-biological models. Long-term (decadal and longer) simulation and prediction will contribute to policy, short term simulation will guide management. Our hope is that the model will enable the managers of the MBNMS to fulfill their mandate of promoting “resource protection, research, education, and public use.” More recently this modeling effort has been augmented by the AOSN2 experiment and again our hope is that this effort will direct future observational efforts within the MBNMS.

Last updated: Feb. 05, 2009