Basin and Global Ocean Hindcasts

Hindcasting refers to the use of ocean models and observations to estimate what ocean conditions were like in the past. Hindcasts of past conditions help scientists to fill in the data gaps that inevitably occur in all our field measurements and hence hindcasts help us better understand both what and how changes have occurred in the oceans. Testing the ability of a model to simulate past changes is a vital step in assessing a model's reliability to simulate current and future conditions, and hence in our ability to use models to predict changes in ocean conditions and their influence on climate.

At BIO, there are researchers working to hindcast the physical variability of the ocean for the Northwest Atlantic region (see Hindcasts of the NW Atlantic, and for the entire, global ocean (see Ocean Nowcasting and Foreasting for CONCEPTS).

For further information, contact Dr. Youyu Lu.