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Problems and Prospects in Large-Scale Ocean Circulation Models

S.M. Griffies(1), A.J. Adcroft(2), H. Banks(3), C.W. Boening(4), E.P. Chassignet(5), G. Danabasoglu(6), S. Danilov(7), E. Deleersnijder(8), H. Drange(9), M. England(10), B. Fox-Kemper(11), R. Gerdes(12), A. Gnanadesikan(13), R.J. Greatbatch(4), R.W. Hallberg(1), E. Hanert(14), M.J. Harrison(1), S. Legg(15), C.M. Little(16), G. Madec(17), S.J. Marsland(18), M. Nikurashin(15), A. Pirani(19), H.L. Simmons(20), J. Schröter(7), B.L. Samuels(1), A.-M. Treguier(21), J.R. Toggweiler(1), H. Tsujino(22), G.K. Vallis(15), L. White(23)

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We overview problems and prospects in ocean circulation models, with emphasis on certain developments aiming to enhance the physical integrity and flexibility of large-scale models used to study global climate. We also consider elements of observational measures rendering information to help evaluate simulations and to guide development priorities.

1NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)/Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, 201 Forrestal Road, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
2Princeton University and NOAA/GFDL (National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration/Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory), 201 Forrestal Road, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
3UK Met Office, Hadley Centre, FitzRoy Road Exeter, Devon EX1 3PB United Kingdom
4Leibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften/Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences, IFM-GEOMAR (Research Center for Marine Geosciences), Dienstgebäude Westufer Düsternbrooker Weg 20, D-24105 Kiel, Germany
5Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS), Florida State University, 200 R.M. Johnson Building, 2035 E. Paul Dirac Drive, PO Box 3062840, Tallahassee, FL, 32306-2840, USA
6National Center for Atmospheric Research, Climate and Global Dynamics Division, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307-3000, USA
7Alfred Wegener Institut fur Polar- und Meeresforschung, Bussestr. 24, 27570 Bremerhaven, Germany
8Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Centre for Systems Engineering and Applied Mechanics (CESAME), 4 Avenue G. Lema??tre, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
9Department of Geophysics, University of Bergen, Allegaten 70, 5007 Bergen, Norway
10Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC), Faculty of Science, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales 2052, Australia
11University of Colorado, Boulder, CIRES Bldg., Rm. 318, Attn: Fox-Kemper, 216 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0216 USA
12Climate Sciences, Alfred Wegener Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Bussestr. 24, 27570 Bremerhaven, Germany
13NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, 201 Forrestal Road, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
14Department of Environmental Sciences and Land Use Planning Faculty of Bioengineering, Agronomy and Environment, Universit´e catholique de Louvain, Place Croix du Sud 2/16, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
15Princeton University and NOAA/GFDL (National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration/Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory), 201 Forrestal Road, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
16Princeton University Geosciences Program, 201 Forrestal Road, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
17Laboratoire d'Océanographie et du Climat, CNRS-UPMC-IRD (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique-Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Institut de Recherches pour le Développement); and National Oceanography Centre, 43 rue Cuvier, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France; and Waterfront Campus, European Way, Southampton SO14 3ZH, United Kingdom
18The Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, Private Bag 1, Aspendale, VIC 3195, Australia
19International CLIVAR (Climate Variability and Predictability) Project Office; and Princeton University Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) Program, Southamptom, UK; and 300 Forrestal Road, Sayre Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544
20International Arctic Research Center, 930 Koyukuk Drive, P.O. Box 757340, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7340, USA
21Laboratoire de Physique des Océans, UMR (Unités Mixtes de Recherche) 6523 CNRS-IFREMER-IRD-UBO (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique-French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea/Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer-Institut de Recherches pour le Développement-University of Western Brittany), IUEM (European Institute for Marine Studies/Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer), IFREMER (French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea/Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer), BP 70, 29280 Plouzané, France
22Japan Meteorological Agency/Meteorological Research Institute, Nagamine 1-1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0052, Japan
23ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, 1545 Route 22 East Room LD350, Annandale, NJ 08801 USA

Correspondence should be addressed to E-mail: stephen.griffies@noaa.gov

This paper shall be cited as:

Griffies, S. & Co-Authors (2010). "Problems and Prospects in Large-Scale Ocean Circulation Models" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 2), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.38

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