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Using MM5 to Hindcast the Ocean Surface Forcing Fields Over the Gulf
of Maine and Georges Bank Region
Beardsley, R. C.1 and C. Chen2
1Department of Physical Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institution, Woods Hole, MA 02543. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2School for Marine Science and Technology, University of
Massachusetts-Dartmouth, 706 South Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford,
MA 02744. E-mail: email@example.com
The fifth-generation NCAR/Penn State mesoscale meteorological model
(called MM5) is applied to the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank (GOM/GB)
region. This model is configured with two numerical domains with
horizontal resolutions of 30 and 10 km, respectively, and driven by
the NCAR-ETA weather model through a two-way nested numerical
approach. Comparison of model-computed winds, wind stress and heat
flux with in-situ data collected on moored meteorological buoys in
the western GOM and over Georges Bank in 1995 shows that during
atmospheric frontal passages, MM5 provides a reasonable prediction
of wind speed but not wind direction, and relatively accurate
estimation of long-wave radiation but overestimates sensible and
latent fluxes. Assimilation of in-situ wind data significantly
improves the accuracy of the predicted wind speed and direction.
Incorporation of the Fairall et al  bulk air-sea flux
algorithms with inclusion of AVHRR-derived SST data improves the
accuracy of the predicted latent and sensible h eat fluxes in the
GOM/GB region for both stable and unstable weather conditions.
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