OSSE for a sustainable marine observing network in the Marmara Sea

Ali Aydoğdu, Timothy J. Hoar, Tomislava Vukicevic, Jeffrey L. Anderson, Nadia Pinardi, Alicia Karspeck, Jonathan Hendricks, Nancy Collins, Francesca Macchia, Emin Özsoy
2018 Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics Discussions  
An observing system simulation experiment (OSSE) is presented in the Marmara Sea. A high resolution ocean circulation model (FESOM) and an ensemble data assimilation tool (DART) are coupled. The OSSE methodology is used to assess the possible impact of a ferrybox network in the eastern Marmara Sea. A reference experiment without assimilation is performed. Then, synthetic temperature and salinity observations are assimilated along the track of the ferries in the second experiment. The results
more » ... ent. The results suggest that a ferrybox network in the Marmara Sea may improve the forecasts significantly. The salinity and temperature errors get smaller in the upper layer of the water column. The impact of the assimilation is negligible in the lower layer due to the strong stratification. The circulation in the Marmara Sea, particularly the Bosphorus outflow, helps to propagate the error reduction towards the western basin where no assimilation is performed. Overall, the proposed ferrybox network can be a good start to design an optimal sustained marine observing network in the Marmara Sea for assimilation purposes.
doi:10.5194/npg-2017-74 fatcat:ny6sy2xmxzatpgvzqvhity27ru