Articles | Volume 16, issue 7
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-16-1639-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-16-1639-2016
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20 Jul 2016
Research article |  | 20 Jul 2016

Comparison and validation of global and regional ocean forecasting systems for the South China Sea

Xueming Zhu, Hui Wang, Guimei Liu, Charly Régnier, Xiaodi Kuang, Dakui Wang, Shihe Ren, Zhiyou Jing, and Marie Drévillon

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This paper examined the performances of two operational ocean forecasting systems, Mercator Océan in France and SCSOFS in China, based on observed satellite and in situ data obtained in 2012. The comparison and validation are focused on the ocean circulations, the structures of temperature and salinity, and some mesoscale activities in the South China Sea. Finally, some recommendations have been proposed for both systems to improve their performances in the near future.
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