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2009, Oceanography 22(2):64–75, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2009.39

US GODAE: Global Ocean Prediction with the HYbrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM)

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Eric P. Chassignet | Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA

Harley E. Hurlburt | Ocean Modeling and Prediction, Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Stennis Space Center, MS, USA

E. Joseph Metzger | Ocean Dynamics and Prediction Branch, NRL, Stennis Space Center, MS, USA

Ole Martin Smedstad | QinetiQ North America–Technology Solutions Group, Stennis Space Center, MS, USA

James A. Cummings | Ocean Dynamics and Prediction Branch, NRL, Stennis Space Center, MS, USA

George R. Halliwell | Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Miami, FL, USA

Rainer Bleck | Goddard Institute for Space Studies, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, New York, NY, USA, and Earth Systems Research Laboratory, NOAA, Boulder, CO, USA

Remy Baraille | Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine, Toulouse, France

Alan J. Wallcraft | Ocean Dynamics and Prediction Branch, NRL, Stennis Space Center, MS, USA

Carlos Lozano | Environmental Modeling Center, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, NOAA, Camp Springs, MD, USA

Hendrik L. Tolman | Environmental Modeling Center, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, Marine Modeling and Analysis Branch, NOAA, Camp Springs, MD, USA

Ashwanth Srinivasan | Division of Meteorology and Oceanography, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA

Steve Hankin | Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, NOAA, Seattle, WA, USA

Peter Cornillon | Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI, USA

Robert Weisberg | College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL, USA

Alexander Barth | GeoHydrodynamics and Environment Research, University of Liège, Liège, Belgium

Ruoying He | Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA

Francisco Werner | Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

John Wilkin | Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA



During the past five to ten years, a broad partnership of institutions under NOPP sponsorship has collaborated in developing and demonstrating the performance and application of eddy-resolving, real-time global- and basin-scale ocean prediction systems using the HYbrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM). The partnership represents a broad spectrum of the oceanographic community, bringing together academia, federal agencies, and industry/commercial entities, and spanning modeling, data assimilation, data management and serving, observational capabilities, and application of HYCOM prediction system outputs. In addition to providing real-time, eddy-resolving global- and basin-scale ocean prediction systems for the US Navy and NOAA, this project also offered an outstanding opportunity for NOAA-Navy collaboration and cooperation, ranging from research to the operational level. This paper provides an overview of the global HYCOM ocean prediction system and highlights some of its achievements. An important outcome of this effort is the capability of the global system to provide boundary conditions to even higher-resolution regional and coastal models.


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Chassignet, E.P., H.E. Hurlburt, E.J. Metzger, O.M. Smedstad, J.A. Cummings, G.R. Halliwell, R. Bleck, R. Baraille, A.J. Wallcraft, C. Lozano, H.L. Tolman, A. Srinivasan, S. Hankin, P. Cornillon, R. Weisberg, A. Barth, R. He, F. Werner, and J. Wilkin. 2009. US GODAE: Global ocean prediction with the HYbrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM). Oceanography 22(2):64–75, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2009.39.



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