Operational evaluation of the Mediterranean Monitoring and Forecasting Centre products: Implementation and Results

Type Article
Date 2012
Language English
Author(s) Tonani Marina1, Nilsson J.A.U1, Lyubartsev Vladyslav2, Grandi Alessandro1, Aydogdu A.3, Azzopardi Joel4, Bolzon G.5, Bruschi A.6, Drago Aldo4, Garau T.7, Gatti JulieORCID8, Gertman Isaac9, Goldman R.9, Hayes Dan10, Korres Gerrakimos11, Lorente P.12, Malacic Vlado13, Mantziafou Anneta14, Nardone G.6, Olita Antonio15, Ozsoy E.3, Pairaud IvaneORCID16, Pensieri S.17, Perivoliotis L.11, Petelin Boris13, Ravaioli M.18, Renault L.7, Sofianos S.14, Sotillo M.G.12, Teruzzi A.5, Zodiatis George10
Affiliation(s) 1 : Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Bologna, Italy
2 : Centro euroMediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici, Bologna, Italy
3 : Institute of Marine Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
4 : University of Malta, Physical Oceanography Unit, Malta
5 : Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e Geofisica Sperimentale, Trieste, Italy
6 : Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale, Roma, Italy
7 : SOCIB, Balearic Islands Coastal Ocean Observing and Forecasting System, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
8 : IFREMER, DYNECO-PHYSED, France
9 : Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, Haifa, Israel
10 : Oceanography Centre, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
11 : Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Athens, Greece
12 : Puertos del Estado, Madrid, Spain
13 : National Institute of Biology, Slovenia
14 : University of Athens, Ocean Physics and Modelling Group, Athens, Greece
15 : Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto per l’Ambiente Marino Costiero, Oristano, Italy
16 : IFREMER, LER PAC, France
17 : Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Studi sui Sistemi Intelligenti per l’Automazione, Genova, Italy
18 : Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Scienze Marine, Bologna, Italy
Source Ocean Science Discussions (1812-0822) (European Geosciences Union (EGU)), 2012 , Vol. 9 , P. 1813-1851
DOI 10.5194/osd-9-1813-2012
Abstract A web-based validation platform has been developed at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) for the Near Real Time validation of the MyOcean-Mediterranean Monitoring and Forecasting Centre products (Med-MFC).

A network for the collection of the in-situ observations, the nested sub-basin forecasting systems model data (provided by the partners of the Mediterranean Operational Oceanography Network, MOON) and the Sea Surface Temperature (SST) satellite data has been developed and is updated every day with the new available data. The network collects temperature, salinity, currents and sea level data. The validation of the biogeochemical forecast products is done by use of ocean colour satellite data produced for the Mediterranean Sea.

All the data are organized in an ad hoc database interfaced with a dedicated software which allows interactive visualizations and statistics (CalVal SW). This tool allows to evaluate NRT products by comparison with independent observations for the first time.

The heterogeneous distribution and the scarcity of moored observations reflect with large areas uncovered with measurements. Nevertheless, the evaluation of the forecast at the locations of observations could be very useful to discover sub-regions where the model performances can be improved, thus yielding an important complement to the basin-mean statistics regularly calculated for the Mediterranean MFC products using semi-independent observations.
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Tonani Marina, Nilsson J.A.U, Lyubartsev Vladyslav, Grandi Alessandro, Aydogdu A., Azzopardi Joel, Bolzon G., Bruschi A., Drago Aldo, Garau T., Gatti Julie, Gertman Isaac, Goldman R., Hayes Dan, Korres Gerrakimos, Lorente P., Malacic Vlado, Mantziafou Anneta, Nardone G., Olita Antonio, Ozsoy E., Pairaud Ivane, Pensieri S., Perivoliotis L., Petelin Boris, Ravaioli M., Renault L., Sofianos S., Sotillo M.G., Teruzzi A., Zodiatis George (2012). Operational evaluation of the Mediterranean Monitoring and Forecasting Centre products: Implementation and Results. Ocean Science Discussions, 9, 1813-1851. Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.5194/osd-9-1813-2012 , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00226/33687/