A data-assimilative hindcast can improve interpretation of necessarily sparse data
A Real-Time forecast can improve ocean sampling: Water, Dye, Planktonic Organisms
Six institutions were represented for 66 days at sea.
Conclusions reached include
Real-time data-assimilative forecasts can be made, and forecast products delivered at sea, with assimilative delay of 1/2 day or less for a 3-day forecast.
Forecast accuracy of 3.4 km/day appears feasible for drifters and dye patches.
Real-time assimilation of species-specific plankton locations was achieved.
Multi-ship operations are possible and were achieved; there are serious networking issues among ships and ship-to-shore.
This talk introduces the following more detialed discussions:
F. Werner, B. Blanton, R. Luettich, Results April: Physics + Far-Field Forecast Products http://globec.whoi.edu/globec-dir/reports/siworkshop1999/werner.html
D. McGillicuddy, Real time forecasting and biological data assimilation on Georges Bank http://globec.whoi.edu/globec-dir/reports/siworkshop1999/mcgillicuddy.html
A poster describing the results is available: