Marine Ecosystem Dynamics Modeling Laboratory

The Northeast Coastal Ocean Forecast System

The Northeast Coastal Ocean Forecast System (NECOFS) is an integrated atmosphere-ocean model forecast system designed for the northeast US coastal region covering a computational domain from the south of Long-Island Sound to the north of the Nova Scotian Shelf. The system includes 1) mesoscale meteorological models WRF (Weather Research and Forecasting model); 2) the unstructured grid Finite-Volume Community Ocean Model and Surface WAVE model with configuration for the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank /New England Shelf (FVCOM-GOM and FVCOM-SWAVE); 3) the Massachusetts Coastal Water domain FVCOM (Mass-Coastal FVCOM) and 4) the fully wave-current coupled coastal inundation model systems with initital domains of Scituate Harbor and Boston Harbor, MA, Hamption River, NH, and Saco Bay, ME. The NECOFS has been validated by hindcast experiments from 1978 to present. This model is capable of reproducing accurately both tidal and subtidal motions in the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank/New England Shelf regions. Hourly products are available in NECOFS Web Map Server (WMS).   NECOFS provides 3 days of forecast fields of surface winds, air pressure, air temperature, water temperature, salinity, and currents as well as wintertime icing rates. Hourly forecast fields can be viewed on this WMS. NECOFS is a product of the Northeast Regional Coastal Ocean Observation System (NERCOOS) Program, with support from Massachusetts Fishery Institution (MFI) and the MIT Sea Grant Program.

Next» Posted on October 21, 2013