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Model Validation

One main objective of this project is to create a fully validated hindcast simulation of the Salish Sea region- this is critical before attempting to answer any science questions quantitatively and confidently. We validate our model runs with all the available observational data we can. We have started comparing the output from a full year (2006) "hi-res" case against all the available CTD casts, mooring data, and tidal data in the region. For animations and recent results, see the highlights page.


CTD station data

a. Synoptic casts: Choose one of the CTD datasets below to look at comparisons between the latest model run and T/S observations from the same time period. PRISM cruises focus on Puget Sound, RISE and ECOHAB focus on the WA shelf, and the IOS data focuses on the Strait of Georgia and includes JEMS data in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

b. Repeat stations - monthly casts: Choose one of the CTD datasets below to look at comparisons between the latest model run and T/S observations from the same time period repeated at specific stations throughout the year. DOE data comes from the WA State Dept. of Ecology monitoring program.


Mooring data

a. Velocity data (ADCP): Choose a mooring location below to see a comparison between observed and modeled velocity fields (depth-averaged, mean vertical structure, low-pass filtered).

b. T/S comparisons: Choose a mooring location below to see a comparison of observed and modeled time series of temperature and salinity at select depths.


Tide data

Comparison of tidal heights at nine locations against NOAA tide gauges (with map), including full year subtidal SSH comparisons.


Animations

See the highlights page.

 

last updated September 30, 2010