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Geoscientific Model Development An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Geosci. Model Dev., 7, 1713-1731, 2014
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Model description paper
18 Aug 2014
MOMBA 1.1 – a high-resolution Baltic Sea configuration of GFDL's Modular Ocean Model
H. Dietze, U. Löptien, and K. Getzlaff GEOMAR, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Düsternbrooker Weg 20, 24105 Kiel, Germany
Abstract. We present a new coupled ocean-circulation–ice model configuration of the Baltic Sea. The model features, contrary to most existing configurations, a high horizontal resolution of ≈ 1 nautical mile (≈ 1.85 km), which is eddy-resolving over much of the domain. The vertical discretisation comprises a total of 47 vertical levels. Results from a 1987 to 1999 hindcast simulation show that the model's fidelity is competitive. As suggested by a comparison with sea surface temperatures observed from space, this applies especially to near-surface processes. Hence, the configuration is well suited to serve as a nucleus of a fully fledged coupled ocean-circulation–biogeochemical model (which is yet to be developed). A caveat is that the model fails to reproduce major inflow events. We trace this back to spurious vertical circulation patterns at the sills which may well be endemic to high-resolution models based on geopotential coordinates. Further, we present indications that – so far neglected – eddy/wind effects exert significant control on wind-induced up- and downwelling.

Citation: Dietze, H., Löptien, U., and Getzlaff, K.: MOMBA 1.1 – a high-resolution Baltic Sea configuration of GFDL's Modular Ocean Model, Geosci. Model Dev., 7, 1713-1731,, 2014.
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