Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 05 Issue 01

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Volume 05, No. 1
Pages 31 - 35

Operational Modeling: Ocean Modeling at the Fleet Numerical Oceanography Center

R. Michael Clancy
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Reflecting the organization’s growing responsibilities and capabilities in oceanography, ocean modeling, and coupled air-sea modeling, Fleet Numerical Weather Central, Monterey, was redesignated as the Fleet Numerical Oceanography Center (FNOC) in 1979. In addition to being a world-class global weather prediction center, FNOC is now widely regarded as the leading source of operational oceanographic information in the world. Indeed, it is this emphasis on oceanography that distinguishes FNOC from all other operational weather prediction centers. No other center has FNOC’s responsibility for predicting the global environment from the top of the stratosphere to the bottom of the ocean, and no other center has as complete an air-sea data base.


Clancy, M.R. 1992. Operational modeling: Ocean modeling at the Fleet Numerical Oceanography Center. Oceanography 5(1):31–35, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.1992.29.