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Ocean Biogeochemistry in the California Current System 2007-2010 L4 Monthly

A coupled physical-biogeochemical ocean model (the MITgcm with BLING biogeochemistry) is a least squares fit to all available ocean observations in the region of the California Current System. This is accomplished iteratively through the adjoint method, using the methodology developed by the Consortium for Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO). The result is a physically realistic estimate of the ocean state. The model domain extends from 28N to 40N and from 130W to 114W. It has a 1/16-degree horizontal resolution (~7km) and 72 vertical levels. The NASA Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) is designed to make significant contributions in characterizing, quantifying, understanding, and predicting the evolution of global carbon sources and sinks through improved monitoring of carbon stocks and fluxes. The System will use the full range of NASA satellite observations and modeling/analysis capabilities to establish the accuracy, quantitative uncertainties, and utility of products for supporting national and international policy, regulatory, and management activities. CMS will maintain a global emphasis while providing finer scale regional information, utilizing space-based and surface-based data and will rapidly initiate generation and distribution of products both for user evaluation and to inform near-term policy development and planning.

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