Articles | Volume 8, issue 4
Ocean Sci., 8, 713–732, 2012

Special issue: The MyOcean project: scientific advances for operational ocean...

Ocean Sci., 8, 713–732, 2012

Research article 31 Aug 2012

Research article | 31 Aug 2012

An operational model for the West Iberian coast: products and services

M. Mateus1, G. Riflet1, P. Chambel2, L. Fernandes1, R. Fernandes1, M. Juliano3, F. Campuzano1, H. de Pablo1, and R. Neves1 M. Mateus et al.
  • 1MARETEC, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001, Lisboa, Portugal
  • 2HIDROMOD, Rua Rui Teles Palhinha, n°4, 1°, Leião, 2740-278 Porto Salvo, Portugal
  • 3LAMTec, Laboratory of Marine Environment and Technology, University of the Azores, Praia da Vitória, Azores, Portugal

Abstract. This paper presents the structure and application of a regional scale operational modelling tool for the West Iberian coast, and discusses its potential for products and services for both scientific and coastal management activities. The forecasting suite includes nested hydrodynamic models forced with up-to-date meteorological forecast data and large-scale model results. The present status of the system and its recent upgrades are reviewed, offering a general description of the main components of the system: the forcing data, the circulation model, the model outputs and the validation methodology of model results. Seasonal differences in temperature, salinity and current velocity fields are illustrated and show satisfactory reproduction of the top and deep layer thermodynamics. The system provides boundary forcing for a number of local-scale model applications via downscaling of the solution and enables potential products and services from which civil society will benefit.