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dc.contributor.authorLindo-Atichati, D.en_US
dc.contributor.authorCurcic, M.en_US
dc.contributor.authorParis, C. B.en_US
dc.contributor.authorBuston, P. M.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2020-01-08T18:45:40Z
dc.date.available2020-01-08T18:45:40Z
dc.date.issued2016-10-01
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dc.identifier.citationD. Lindo-Atichati, M. Curcic, C.B. Paris, P.M. Buston. 2016. "Description of surface transport in the region of the Belizean Barrier Reef based on observations and alternative high-resolution models." OCEAN MODELLING, Volume 106, pp. 74 - 89 (16). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocemod.2016.09.010
dc.identifier.issn1463-5003
dc.identifier.issn1463-5011
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/39056
dc.description.abstractThe gains from implementing high-resolution versus less costly low-resolution models to describe coastal circulation are not always clear, often lacking statistical evaluation. Here we construct a hierarchy of ocean–atmosphere models operating at multiple scales within a 1 × 1° domain of the Belizean Barrier Reef (BBR). The various components of the atmosphere–ocean models are evaluated with in situ observations of surface drifters, wind and sea surface temperature. First, we compare the dispersion and velocity of 55 surface drifters released in the field in summer 2013 to the dispersion and velocity of simulated drifters under alternative model configurations. Increasing the resolution of the ocean model (from 1/12° to 1/100°, from 1 day to 1 h) and atmosphere model forcing (from 1/2° to 1/100°, from 6 h to 1 h), and incorporating tidal forcing incrementally reduces discrepancy between simulated and observed velocities and dispersion. Next, in trying to understand why the high-resolution models improve prediction, we find that resolving both the diurnal sea-breeze and semi-diurnal tides is key to improving the Lagrangian statistics and transport predictions along the BBR. Notably, the model with the highest ocean–atmosphere resolution and with tidal forcing generates a higher number of looping trajectories and sub-mesoscale coherent structures that are otherwise unresolved. Finally, simulations conducted with this model from June to August of 2013 show an intensification of the velocity fields throughout the summer and reveal a mesoscale anticyclonic circulation around Glovers Reef, and sub-mesoscale cyclonic eddies formed in the vicinity of Columbus Island. This study provides a general framework to assess the best surface transport prediction from alternative ocean–atmosphere models using metrics derived from high frequency drifters’ data and meteorological stations.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research is supported by the National Science Foundation award NSF-OCE 1260424. We thank CARTHE Consortium for providing the Lagrangian drifters; the Center for Computational Science (CCS) of the University of Miami for operational support with multi-processors; Kevin David, Alben David, Ashford Velasquez, Cedric Guigand, and the staffof International Zoological Expeditions for logistical support in the field. Research permission was granted by Belize Fisheries. We acknowledge the contributions of two anonymous reviewers who helped improve the manuscript. (1260424 - National Science Foundation award NSF-OCE)en_US
dc.format.extentp. 74 - 89en_US
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherELSEVIER SCI LTDen_US
dc.relation.ispartofOCEAN MODELLING
dc.subjectScience & technologyen_US
dc.subjectPhysical sciencesen_US
dc.subjectMeteorology & atmospheric sciencesen_US
dc.subjectOceanographyen_US
dc.subjectOcean-atmosphere modelen_US
dc.subjectLagrangian driftersen_US
dc.subjectHigh-resolutionen_US
dc.subjectCoral reefsen_US
dc.subjectBelizeen_US
dc.subjectGulf of Mexicoen_US
dc.subjectOcean modelen_US
dc.subjectPopulation connectivityen_US
dc.subjectGeneral circulationen_US
dc.subjectAtlantic Oceanen_US
dc.subjectCoral reefsen_US
dc.subjectDispersionen_US
dc.subjectSimulationsen_US
dc.subjectVariabilityen_US
dc.subjectMaritime engineeringen_US
dc.titleDescription of surface transport in the region of the Belizean Barrier Reef based on observations and alternative high-resolution modelsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.description.versionAccepted manuscripten_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ocemod.2016.09.010
pubs.elements-sourceweb-of-scienceen_US
pubs.notesEmbargo: Not knownen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston Universityen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciencesen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Biologyen_US
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden_US
dc.identifier.mycv120279


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