|Title||Assimilation of satellite AVHRR SST in an OGCM of the Mediterranean sea: Data processing, new parametrizations, and physical results|
|Publication Type||Presentazione a Congresso|
|Year of Publication||1998|
|Authors||Artale, V., D'Ortenzio F., Iudicone D., Marullo S., Rupolo V., and Santoleri R.|
|Conference Name||Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering|
|Keywords||Air-sea interactions, Assimilation, Atmospheric temperature, AVHRR, Data processing, Mediterranean, Mediterranean seas, Mediterranean waters, Mesoscale features, Model results, NASA, NOAA-AVHRR, Numerical experiments, Numerical ocean models, Objective analysis, Ocean circulations, Ocean engineering, Oceanography, Parametrizations, Pathfinder sst, Remote sensing, Satellite sst, Seawater, Space optics, Submarine geophysics, Surface forcing, Surface relaxation, Time and spaces, Time series, Time series analysis|
OGCM's numerical experiments for climatic studies can be performed only after testing their capability to well represent the today ocean circulation. In order to improve the model results we assimilated satellite SST (from NOAA-AVHRR sensors) by means of a nudging method. Daily 1987 - 1992 NASA Pathfinder SST have been interpolated in time and space by means of an objective analysis algorithm to fill gaps in the time series. These data were analyzed to investigate the main variability of the Mediterranean SST field. The 1988 data was selected to be assimilated in the OGCM. To relate more closely the assimilation of the SST data to the physics of the air-sea interaction, here we propose a new parameterization of the surface relaxation time. Actually the use of realistic surface forcing strongly contribute to reproduce the correct hydrological values of the Mediterranean water masses, the right energetic basin budgets and the mesoscale features of the Mediterranean circulation. ©2003 Copyright SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering.