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Autonomous floats boost modelling of vertical mixing in the Baltic Sea

Autonomous floats boost modelling of vertical mixing in the Baltic Sea

The autonomous Argo floats of the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) have proved their usefulness in the development of computational models for the Baltic Sea. By comparing the results from ocean models with the measurements carried out by the floats, researchers at the FMI obtained information about the capability of the models to describe the physics of the Baltic Sea, particularly the mixing of heat in water. The study also identified new development needs in the computational models, and researchers will focus their attention on those areas next.

More information:

Researcher Antti Westerlund, tel. +358 50 465 4613, antti.westerlund@fmi.fi

Head of Group Laura Tuomi, tel. +358  040 861 7967, laura.tuomi@fmi.fi

Westerlund Antti, Tuomi Laura.  Vertical temperature dynamics in the Northern Baltic Sea based on 3D modelling and data from shallow-water Argo floats. Journal of Marine Systems, 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmarsys.2016.01.006


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