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Ocean Model SST Areas
The NCEP Global Real-Time Ocean Forecast System (RTOFS-Global) data is based on the U.S. Navy implementation of Global HYCOM.
Regional NCOM data is provided by the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVO).
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***Attention*** NCOM Regional files with surface temperature and currents are available in GRIB2 format. See links below.
For NCOM GRIB2 files with surface temperature and currents: http://ftp.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/grids/operational/NCOM/regional/GRIB2/
For Regional NCOM Data: http://ftp.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/grids/operational/NCOM/regional/
For archived NCOM Data: http://www.ncddc.noaa.gov/ocean-nomads/global-ncom/
For Data via Nomads GDS server: http://nomads.ncep.noaa.gov:9090/dods/ncom
For East Coast images: http://ftp.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/grids/operational/NCOM/images/
For Global RTOFS Data: http://ftp.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/grids/operational/GLOBALHYCOM/
For RTOFS Global Data via the NCEP operational NOMADS server: http://nomads.ncep.noaa.gov:9090/
G-RTOFS Model Information
The Global Real-Time Ocean Forecast System is based on NAVO's configuration of the 1/12 deg. eddy resolving global HYCOM model and is initialized daily with NAVO generated initial conditions using the NCODA system. G-RTOFS is forced with NCEP's operational GFS winds. For more details see: NOAA/NCEP/MMAB GRTOFS Web Page
Regional NCOM Model Information
The Regional NCOM models have a resolution of 1/36 deg. (3 km). The U.S. Navy Operational Global Ocean Model (NCOM), developed by the Naval Research Laboratory (Barron et al, 1&2) and maintained by the Naval Oceanographic Office, provides boundary conditions for the regional models. The regional NCOM models found here include the U.S. East Coast (ncom_useast), The Southern California Coast (ncom_socal), Hawaii Coasts (ncom_relo_hawaii) and the Gulf of Mexico and Caribaean Seas (ncom_relo_amseas). The Navy Coupled Ocean Data Assimilation System (NCODA) provides the data assimilation for NCOM including SSH, SST, and in situ observations. For more information about NCOM see:
1. Barron, C.N., A.B. Kara, H.E. Hurlburt, C. Rowley, and L.F. Smedstad, 2004: Sea surface height predictions from the Global Navy Coastal Ocean Model (NCOM) during 1998-2001. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 21(12), 1876-1894.
2. Barron, C.N., A.B. Kara, P.J. Martin, R.C. Rhodes, and L.F. Smedstad, 2006: Formulation, implementation and examination of vertical coordinate choices in the global Navy Coastal Ocean Model (NCOM). Ocean Modeling, 11, 347-375, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2005.01.004.