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28 Jun 2006
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This discussion paper is a preprint. It has been under review for the journal Ocean Science (OS). A final paper in OS is not foreseen.
Central Mediterranean Sea forecast: effects of high-resolution atmospheric forcings
S. Natale1, R. Sorgente2, S. Gaberšek*,1, A. Ribotti2, and A. Olita2 1iMC – International Marine Centre, Loc. Sa Mardini, 09170 Oristano, Italy
2IAMC/CNR-Istituto Ambiente Marino Costiero, Sede di Oristano, c/o IMC – International Marine Centre, Loc. Sa Mardini, 09170 Oristano, Italy
*now at: University of Ljubljana, Department of Mathematics and Physics, Jadranska 19, Ljubljana, 1000-SI, Slovenia
Abstract. Ocean forecasts over the Central Mediterranean, produced by a near real time regional scale system, have been evaluated in order to assess their predictability. The ocean circulation model has been forced at the surface by a medium, high or very high resolution atmospheric forcing. The simulated ocean parameters have been compared with satellite data and they were found to be generally in good agreement. High and very high resolution atmospheric forcings have been able to form noticeable, although short-lived, surface current structures, due to their ability to detect transient atmospheric disturbances. The existence of the current structures has not been directly assessed due to lack of measurements. The ocean model in the slave mode was not able to develop dynamics different from the driving coarse resolution model which provides the boundary conditions.

Citation: Natale, S., Sorgente, R., Gaberšek, S., Ribotti, A., and Olita, A.: Central Mediterranean Sea forecast: effects of high-resolution atmospheric forcings, Ocean Sci. Discuss.,, 2006.
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RC S131: 'Review paper # osd-2006-0009', Anonymous Referee #1, 07 Jul 2006 Printer-friendly Version 
AC S332: 'Reply to anonymous Referee 1', Salvatore Natale, 22 Aug 2006 Printer-friendly Version 
EC S788: 'paper to be submitted to OS', Nadia Pinardi, 18 Jan 2007 Printer-friendly Version 
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