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The GHRSST project is producing high quality calibrated satellite-based estimates of skin and bulk sea surface temperature (SST). These estimates are ideal for comparison to and providing an upper boundary condition for ocean models. In addition the estimates may be used in data assimilation systems to constrain the vertical structure of temperature in the upper ocean. However, the uppermost temperature grid point in ocean models is typically 1-10m depth, well below the SST and more representative of the ocean mixed layer (MLT). We propose to examine the complex and transient processes that relate SST to the temperature of the upper 10m of the ocean in order to allow SST to better constrain ocean models and to be used more effectively in data assimilation. Thus, by relating observations of SST to ocean models this proposal will address bullet #2 in the Physical Oceanography 2008 call for proposals (Understanding and estimation of sea-surface temperature). By using the resulting model and assimilation analysis to address climate problems as part of our related research this proposal will also address bullet #1 (Analysis and interpretation of the ocean circulation using satellite and in situ data) and provide a link to the Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Program.

Project PI: James Carton/University of Maryland

Univ. Maryland Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Room 3413 Computer and Space Sci. Bldg. -- West wing Stadium Dr. College Park, MD 20742-0001

Phone: (301)-405-5391

Email: carton@atmos.umd.edu

http://www.atmos.umd.edu/~carton/

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