Articles | Volume 15, issue 17
Geosci. Model Dev., 15, 6541–6565, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-15-6541-2022
Geosci. Model Dev., 15, 6541–6565, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-15-6541-2022
Model experiment description paper
31 Aug 2022
Model experiment description paper | 31 Aug 2022

Observing system simulation experiments reveal that subsurface temperature observations improve estimates of circulation and heat content in a dynamic western boundary current

David E. Gwyther et al.

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The ocean current flowing along the southeastern coast of Australia is called the East Australian Current (EAC). Using computer simulations, we tested how surface and subsurface observations might improve models of the EAC. Subsurface observations are particularly important for improving simulations, and if made in the correct location and time, can have impact 600 km upstream. The stability of the current affects model estimates could be capitalized upon in future observing strategies.