32nd Conference on Broadcast Meteorology/31st Conference on Radar Meteorology/Fifth Conference on Coastal Atmospheric and Oceanic Prediction and Processes

Wednesday, 6 August 2003: 3:09 PM
High-resolution coastal ocean model and application to coral reef ecosystems in western boundary currents
Jerome Fiechter, Univ. of Miami /RSMAS, Miami, FL; and C. N. K. Mooers
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The East Florida Shelf - Princeton Ocean Model (EFS-POM) is implemented as part of the Southeast Atlantic - Coastal Ocean Observing System (SEA-COOS) program. With a high-resolution of ca. 2-6km horizontally and 25 terrain-following levels, the model is used to study the variability of the Florida Current under synoptic atmospheric forcing for periods of several years. Sea surface temperatures and coastal sea levels are compared with observations from moored buoys and tide gauges. EFS-POM also serves as a source for open boundary conditions to drive a nested model of the Dry Tortugas domain. With horizontal resolutions of less than 1km, this local model is aimed at predicting the influence of physical variables such as temperature, salinity and turbulence on coral reef communities. In addition to the Eulerian fields, a Lagrangian approach is used to investigate transient circulation patterns and provide some insight about possible pathways and rates for larval dispersion and recruitment at both local and regional scales.

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