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Volume 10, issue 1
Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 499–523, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-499-2017
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Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 499–523, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-499-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Development and technical paper 01 Feb 2017

Development and technical paper | 01 Feb 2017

Prospects for improving the representation of coastal and shelf seas in global ocean models

Jason Holt et al.

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Accurately representing coastal and shelf seas in global ocean models is one of the grand challenges of Earth system science. Here, we explore what the options are for improving this by exploring what the important physical processes are that need to be represented. We use a simple scale analysis to investigate how large the resulting models would need to be. We then compare this with how computer power is increasing to provide estimates of when this might be feasible in the future.
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