Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean - a WHOI-MIT Collaboration


OCCI Funded Project: 2006


A collaboration is being fostered between WHOI and the Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO) project based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). ECCO has as its central goal the estimation of the ocean state for studying large-scale ocean dynamics, designing observational strategies, and examining the ocean’s role in climate variability. The main task of the project is to bring together a global ocean general circulation model with existing global data streams — including altimeter observations and in situ hydrographic and flow measurements from the Argo float program — to obtain the best estimates of the time evolving ocean circulation and its related uncertainties. An ad hoc group of members of the WHOI Physical Oceanography department has begun collaborating with the ECCO project to evaluate and utilize these ocean state estimates. Our scientific interests are very broad including: property fluxes around the globe, dynamics of boundary currents and jets, tropical oceans, the southern ocean, and the circulation and sea-ice distributions in the Arctic and Antarctic. This proposal seeks funding to facilitate the exchange of data by establishing an ECCO data server at WHOI, and to encourage discussions between the MIT and WHOI groups through monthly meetings.