CMB: Weekly Pacific Ocean Hindcast

The hindcast results are derived from a model based ocean analysis system. Observed surface and subsurface ocean temperatures as well as satellite altimetry sea-level data from TOPEX/POSEIDON are assimilated into a Pacific basin ocean general circulation model. The model is forced with weekly mean NCEP operational atmospheric analyses of surface winds and heat fluxes.

Surface Stresses and Equatorial Currents

7-day average surface wind stress for the tropical Pacific and zonal currents along the equator. Contour intervals are indicated in the figure.
Figures: Feb 02 2005 , Jan 26 2005 , Jan 19 2005 , Jan 12 2005 , Jan 05 2005

Upper Ocean Temperature and Anomaly Along the Equator

7-day average equatorial depth-longitude section of ocean temperature (upper) and ocean temperature anomalies (lower) for the week indicated on the figure. Dashed contours in the lower panel indicate negative (cold) temperature anomalies.
Figures: Feb 02 2005 , Jan 26 2005 , Jan 19 2005 , Jan 12 2005 , Jan 05 2005

Anonymous ftp access to realtime weekly analyses for the Pacific.


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