How do Scientists Use Models to Study Ocean Salinity?

Computer models are used by scientists to make predictions about certain oceanographic processes. For the SPURS cruise, oceanographers used these models to observe salinity changes along the cruise track and to forecast where certain water features were likely to occur (for instance, predicting the location of an eddy they wanted to locate). These models are powered by years of collected data, allowing for comparisons over time and the ability to track changes in ocean events.

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Dr. Fred Bingham discusses how SPURS data are used in models to produce forecasts and nowcasts Transcript »