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Assimilation of bio-optical properties into coupled physical, bio-optical coastal model
Author(s): Igor Shulman; Sergey Frolov; Stephanie Anderson; Brad Penta; Rick Gould; Peter Sakalaukus; Sherwin Ladner
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Paper Abstract

Data assimilation experiments with the coupled physical, bio-optical model of Monterey Bay are presented. The approach is based on the representation of the error covariances in the subspace of the multivariate (bio-optical, physical) empirical orthogonal functions (EOFs) estimated from the model run. Estimated coupled bio-optical, physical error covariances are used in the Kalman gain update providing updates of coupled bio-optical properties in accord with the model dynamics and available observations. With the assimilation of satellite-derived bio-optical properties (chlorophyll-a and absorption due to phytoplankton), the model was able to reproduce intensity and tendencies in subsurface chlorophyll distributions observed at water samples locations in the Monterey Bay, CA. Data assimilation also improved agreement between the observed and model-predicted ratios between diatoms and small phytoplankton populations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2013
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8724, Ocean Sensing and Monitoring V, 87240E (3 June 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2015476
Show Author Affiliations
Igor Shulman, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Sergey Frolov, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Stephanie Anderson, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Brad Penta, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Rick Gould, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Peter Sakalaukus, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Sherwin Ladner, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8724:
Ocean Sensing and Monitoring V
Weilin W. Hou; Robert A. Arnone, Editor(s)

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