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CLIMODE: Clivar Mode Water Dynamic Experiment

Summary

CLIMODE is a project to study the dynamics of 'Eighteen Degree Water' (EDW), the subtropical mode water of the North Atlantic. This project stems from two years of CLIVAR planning (with advice and support of both the Atlantic and US CLIVAR committees) to develop an experiment to attack a key process that is poorly understood and poorly represented in ocean climate models - i.e. the treatment of convection, eddy and mixing processes in setting properties of subtropical mode waters, the associated air-sea interaction, and the exchange of fluid between the mixed layer and the upper ocean. The scientific goals of CLIMODE are focused in 4 areas:

* Air Sea Interaction

* Eddies and Mixing

* Subduction & Circulation

* Modeling


Our program is a mix of in situ and satellite-based observations, and modeling which will, over a 5 year period beginning October 2004, lead to improved parameterization of air-sea fluxes in a high exchange region of the oceans, and improved ocean physics in climate models, capturing the eddy-mixed layer interactions in a region with both strong flows within the ocean and atmosphere and large wintertime exchange between the ocean and atmosphere. CLIMODE is working with a CLIVAR "Critical Process Team" (CPT-emilie) to develop better climate models.

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Temporal coverage

Begin Date 2005-11-09 00:00:00
End Date 2007-11-19 23:59:59

Spatial coverage

Maximum (North) Latitude: 41.00, Minimum (South) Latitude: 30.00
Minimum (West) Longitude: -70.00, Maximum (East) Longitude: -51.00