American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Monograph Series on High-Resolution Ocean Modeling


DOE sponsored researcher at Los Alamos, Matthew Hecht and Hirosayu Hasumi of the University of Tokyo, are lead editors of a recent AGU Monograph entitled Ocean Modeling in the Eddying Regime.  The volume is the first to survey research of high resolution ocean modeling, in which a far greater level of detail and realism is brought to the simulation of ocean circulation.  High resolution simulation has been a focus for DOE-funded ocean modeling at Los Alamos leading to improvements in model development and a context in which to gain insight into physical oceanography.  Los Alamos’ ocean model has, for a number of years, contributed to the Scientific Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as the ocean component of the Community Climate System Model.  At the far higher resolutions discussed in this new book, where feedbacks between relatively small but energetic oceanic eddies and the large-scale mean flow are allowed to occur, the model is being run on DOE’s leading-edge computing architectures to simulate climate with a more complete and accurate representation of the dynamics which determine the state of the climate system and its response to change.


Matthew Hecht and Hiroyasu Hasumi, editors, 2008: Ocean Modeling in an Eddying Regime. American Geophysical Union Geophysical Monograph Series No. 177, Washington, D.C.