TERRAPUB Journal of Oceanography

Journal of Oceanography, Vol. 55 (No. 4), pp. 543-558, 1999

Short Contribution

A Coastal Air-Ocean Coupled System (CAOCS) Evaluated Using an Airborne Expendable Bathythermograph (AXBT) Data Set

Peter C. Chu1, Shihua Lu2 and Yuchun Chen2

1Department of Oceanography, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 93943, U.S.A.
2Institute of Plateau Atmospheric Physics, Academia Sinica, Langzhou, China

(Received 1 December 1998; in revised form 16 February 1999; accepted 5 March 1999)

Abstract: A coastal atmosphere-ocean coupled system (CAOCS) is developed with Princeton Ocean Model (POM) as the oceanic component, and with National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) regional climate model (RegCM2) as the atmospheric component. The model domain (98.84°-121.16°E, 3.06°S-25.07°N) covers the whole SCS and surrounding land and islands. The surface fluxes of water, heat (excluding solar radiation), and momentum are applied synchronously with opposite signs in the atmosphere and ocean. Flux adjustments are not used. The CAOCS model was verified using an intensive airborne expendable bathythermograph (AXBT) survey between 14-25 May 1995 over the majority of the SCS down to about 300-m depth.

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