Modeler: Yi Chao, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL)/UCLA
Funding Entity: NASA, ONR, AOOS/NOAA
- Input: Atmospheric forcing, fresh-water input from rivers and land runoff, surface data from HF radar and satellite, vertical profiles from ships, moorings, and gliders/AUVs
- Scope: 3-domain nested ROMS with the most inner domain at 1-km resolution covering PWS; the intermediate domain at 3-km covers Cook Inlet.
- Resolution: Cook Inlet domain resolution is 3-km; model output can be saved hourly.
- Timeline: 2004-2009, ongoing operationally
Strengths: The major strength is the 3DVAR data assimilation system; the PWS nowcast/forecast system has been fully tested in PWS.
Weaknesses: To model Cook Inlet, the wet-and-dry capability needs to be tested and refined if needed.
Additional Data Needed: More subsurface data from moorings, gliders and AUVs.