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Impacts of Mean Dynamic Topography on a Regional Ocean Assimilation System : Volume 12, Issue 3 (15/06/2015)

By Yan, C.

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Title: Impacts of Mean Dynamic Topography on a Regional Ocean Assimilation System : Volume 12, Issue 3 (15/06/2015)  
Author: Yan, C.
Volume: Vol. 12, Issue 3
Language: English
Subject: Science, Ocean, Science
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Description: International Center for Climate and Environment Sciences, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100029, China. An ocean assimilation system was developed for the Pacific-Indian oceans with the aim of assimilating altimetry data, sea surface temperature, and in-situ measurements from ARGO, XBT, CTD, and TAO. The altimetry data assimilation requires the addition of the mean dynamic topography to the altimetric sea level anomaly to match the model sea surface height. The mean dynamic topography is usually computed from the model long-term mean sea surface height, and is also available from gravimeteric satellite data. In this study, different mean dynamic topographies are used to examine their impacts on the sea level anomaly assimilation. Results show that impacts of the mean dynamic topography cannot be neglected. The mean dynamic topography from the model long-term mean sea surface height without assimilating in-situ observations results in worsened subsurface temperature and salinity estimates. The gravimeter-based mean dynamic topography results in an even worse estimate. Even if all available observations including in-situ measurements, sea surface temperature measurements, and altimetry data are assimilated, the estimates are still not improved. This further indicates that the other types of observations do not compensate for the shortcoming due to the altimetry data assimilation. The mean dynamic topography computed from the model's long-term mean sea surface height after assimilating in-situ observations presents better results.

Impacts of mean dynamic topography on a regional ocean assimilation system

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