Analysis of a general circulation model product. 1. Frontal systems in the Brazil/Malvinas and Kuroshio/Oyashio regions

S. L. Garzoli, Z. Garraffo, G. Podesta, O. Brown

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The product of the Semtner and Chervin general circulation model (GCM) is compared with available observations in the frontal areas of the Brazil/Malvinas and the Kuroshio/Oyashio confluences. The dimensionality of the systems studied is reduced by using the empirical orthogonal functions (EOF) and frontal density methods. The two sets of data utilized to validate the model are the sea surface temperature (SST) from the satellite observations and temperature fields product from the GCM at levels 1 (12.5 m), 2 (37.5 m) and 6 (160 m). Comparisons are made between the dominant empirical modes and the locus of maximum probability for observations and model product. Some of the resulting differences between model and observations, like the differences found in the locations of the fronts, and the diminished variability, will decrease with a higher resolution. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20,117-20,138
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberC12
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes


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