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Modeling the central California coastal upwelling
system: Physics, ecosystems and resource management
Simulations of Coastal Ocean Physics and Ecosystems

June 1, 2000 to May 31, 2003

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The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. New high-resolution bathymetry 
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We propose to model the coastal upwelling ecosystem within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) with high spatial (kms) and temporal (days) resolution. The high-resolution coastal model is nested within regional and basin-scale models. The model includes the interconnected physical, chemical, and biological processes, and is capable of assimilating data from satellites and in-situ sensors. The model will focus on simulating the observed seasonal and interannual variations in physical oceanographic forcing and the chemical and biological fig1.jpg (34615 bytes)consequences. The rich historical data-base and excellent matrix of real-time ocean observing systems available in the MBNMS provide a unique environment for the development of the next generation of coupled coastal physical-biological models. Long-term (decadal and longer) simulation and prediction will contribute to policy, short term simulation will guide management. The model will enable the managers of the MBNMS to fulfill their mandate of promoting "resource protection, research, education, and public use." It will also direct future observational efforts within the MBNMS.
Figure 1. Compartments, relationships and responsibilities for MBNMS modeling effort.

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Directed at NOPP BAA Topic A3, this proposal requests support for the implementation of a 'node' for data assimilation and modeling activities. These activities will focus on the local application of global and basin-scale ocean data assimilation results to solve practical ocean-related problems inshore of the continental shelfbreak. Our focus will be on the domain of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. We propose to develop a high-resolution coastal model that will simulate physical, chemical, and biological processes within this domain. The nested model will be capable of assimilating global-scale ocean nowcasts and remote sensing data sets. The model will be used by local, state, and federal agencies for the management of harmful algal blooms, for the advection and redistribution of pollution, and for long-term planning.

The proposal brings together academic (UCSC, UCLA, Duke, Univ. of Maine), industry (HOBI Labs), non-profit (MBARI), and government (JPL, NPS, NRL, MBNMS) partners. Included are physical, chemical, and biological oceanographers as well as atmospheric scientists, model developers, and resource managers.

Table 1 Participant Information.  Group email top


Roles and Tasks


F. Chavez, J. Ryan, R.Michisaki, T. Pennington,
MBARI Non-profit

Project management, biological & chemical oceanography


A. De Vogelaere,
MBNMS Goverment

Resource management


Y. Chao, 
Y. Tony Song,
X. Wang
G. Li,
Yury Golubev
JPL Government

Basin-scale models, data assimilation


J. McWilliams
P. Marchesiello
X. Capet
H. Frenzel

Model nesting, high resolution physical model


R. Maffione
HOBI Labs Industrial

Bio-optical modeling


J. Kindle, B. Penta
P. Rochford
NRL Government

Bio-optical and physical modeling


J. Paduan
NPS Government

Physical oceanography


F. Chai
Lei Shi
U of Maine Educational

Ecosystem modeling


B. Marinovic
UCSC Educational

Zooplankton dynamics


R. Barber
Duke Educational

Ecosystem modeling

I. Shulman Numerical modeling, remote sensing igor.shulman@usm.edu




NOPP National Oceanographic Partnership Program
Physical Modeling:
John Kindle
Coupled Bio-Optical and Physical Processes
 Yi Chao
Modeling the Central California Coastal Upwelling System: Physics, Ecosystems and Resource Management
Ecosystem Modeling: Fei Chai NOPP Ecosystem
Physical Oceanography: 
Jeff Paduan
The Innovative Coastal-Ocean Observing Network (ICON)
Resource Management: 
Andrew DeVogelaere

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Research Program

Biological and Chemical Oceanography:
Francisco Chavez,
John Ryan
West Coast Sea Surface Height 

  A ten-year time series from Monterey Bay, California:Seasonal, 
interannual and long-term patterns
  Analysis along CalCOFI Line 67: SECRET Cruises (1997-2000)
  Time series summary from Monterey Bay

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