Marine environment and security for the European area: toward operational oceanography

Johannessen, J.A., Le Traon, P-Y., Robinson, I., Nittis, K., Bell, M.J., Pinardi, N. and Bahurel, P. (2006) Marine environment and security for the European area: toward operational oceanography. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 87, (8), 1081-1090. (doi:10.1175/BAMS-87-8-1081).


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In response to the joint European Commission and European Space Agency initiative to establish by 2008 a system for Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES), the Marine Environment and Security for the European Area (MERSEA) Strand-1 Project was executed to assess and demonstrate the capacity of present monitoring and forecasting systems. The study area covered the North Atlantic, with its northwest European shelf seas, and the Mediterranean. By integrating of existing satellite observations with data from in situ measurement networks and ocean models, daily mean products and forecasts from four core data assimilation systems (10 km resolution) were compared and distributed through an Open-source Project for a Network Data Access Protocol (OPeNDAP) server from 1 June 2003 to 31 May 2004. Moreover, downscaling to high-resolution (1–5 km) models was used for specific applications to harmful algal bloom, eutrophication, and oil spill monitoring in the Baltic, North Sea, Irish Sea, Iberian coastal shelf seas, and the Aegean Sea. The lessons learned from this project are reported here.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1175/BAMS-87-8-1081
ISSNs: 0003-0007 (print)
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Ocean & Earth Science (SOC/SOES)
ePrint ID: 41470
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Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:12

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