Report on efforts to model and replicate the paths of the Carbon Explorers deployed April
2001 (NOAA GC04-304 (James Bishop, PI)
This report is intended to document the efforts I made to model the North Pacific in order to understand the path of the Carbon Explorers, deployed April 10, 2001. Interestingly, these floats moved westward and northward in the first two months after deployment at Ocean Station PAPA (hereafter, OSP), rather than eastward as expected. My intent was to force the model with the observed winds and temperatures in order to replicate the path of the floats during this time period. I then wanted to compare these paths with the conditions in 2003, when the floats took a more accelerated path and saw different biomass signatures. Unfortunately, I was never able to replicate the path of the 2001 floats: the model floats always went eastward. So, this report is a documentation of what I tried, some thoughts about why I was not successful, and a final section explaining where the files are located at NERSC, in case someone else wants to expand on the current work.