Real-Time Ocean Forecast System (Atlantic)
RTOFS (Atlantic) is a basin-scale ocean forecast system based on the HYbrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM). RTOFS (Atlantic) is described in the following paper (PDF): "A Real Time Ocean Forecast System for the North Atlantic Ocean" by Mehra and Riven, Terr. Atmos. Ocean. Sci., Vol. 21, No. 1, 211-228, February 2010
The model is run once a day, completing at about 1400Z. Each run starts with a 24 hour assimiliation hindcast and produces ocean surface forecasts every hour and full volume forecasts every 24 hours from the 0000Z nowcast out to 120 hours.
Western North Atlantic Zoom
Gulf of Mexico
Descriptions of the main menu options
The following selections are available from the main menu at the top of the page.
|Compare with Obs||Daily satellite and model SST comparisons|
|Data Assim||Analysis of the assimilation of observational data into the model|
|RTOFS & WOCE||Comparison of vertical cross sections of the model basin with World Ocean Circulation Experiment section data.|
|Graphics Viewer||Daily suite of graphical analyses of the model outputs. All of the model parameters (temperature, salinity, sea surface height, mixed layer depth, and velocities) are sampled at a variety of depths.|
|Data Access||How to get and use the model data. Information is available on the data formats used as well as methods of accessing the data interactively.|
|About the Model||Background information on the RTOFS model|
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