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Authors: Lazzari, P.* 
Teruzzi, A.* 
Salon, S.* 
Campagna, S.* 
Calonaci, C.* 
Colella, S.* 
Tonani, M.* 
Crise, A.* 
Title: Pre-operational short-term forecasts for Mediterranean Sea biogeochemistry
Issue Date: 2010
Series/Report no.: /6 (2010)
Keywords: biogeochemistry, mediterranean sea, forecast
Subject Classification03. Hydrosphere::03.01. General::03.01.05. Operational oceanography 
Abstract: Operational prediction of the marine environment is recognised as a fundamental research issue in Europe. We present a pre-operational implementation of a biogeochem- ical model for the pelagic waters of the Mediterranean Sea, developed within the framework of the MERSEA-IP Euro- pean project. The OPATM-BFM coupled model is the core of a fully automatic system that delivers weekly analyses and forecast maps for the Mediterranean Sea biogeochem- istry. The system has been working in its current configura- tion since April 2007 with successful execution of the fully automatic operational chain in 87% of the cases while in the remaining cases the runs were successfully accomplished af- ter operator intervention. A description of the system devel- oped and also a comparison of the model results with satel- lite data are presented, together with a measure of the model skill evaluated by means of seasonal target diagrams. Future studies will address the implementation of a data assimila- tion scheme for the biogeochemical compartment in order to increase the skill of the model’s performance.
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