Acta Oceanologica Sinica

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 8–20 | Cite as

Evaluation on data assimilation of a global high resolution wave-tide-circulation coupled model using the tropical Pacific TAO buoy observations

  • Junqiang Shi
  • Xunqiang Yin
  • Qi Shu
  • Bin Xiao
  • Fangli Qiao


In order to evaluate the assimilation results from a global high resolution ocean model, the buoy observations from tropical atmosphere ocean (TAO) during August 2014 to July 2015 are employed. The horizontal resolution of wave-tide-circulation coupled ocean model developed by The First Institute of Oceanography (FIOCOM model) is 0.1°×0.1°, and ensemble adjustment Kalman filter is used to assimilate the sea surface temperature (SST), sea level anomaly (SLA) and Argo temperature/salinity profiles. The simulation results with and without data assimilation are examined. First, the overall statistic errors of model results are analyzed. The scatter diagrams of model simulations versus observations and corresponding error probability density distribution show that the errors of all the observed variables, including the temperature, isotherm depth of 20°C (D20), salinity and two horizontal component of velocity are reduced to some extent with a maximum improvement of 54% after assimilation. Second, time-averaged variables are used to investigate the horizontal and vertical structures of the model results. Owing to the data assimilation, the biases of the time-averaged distribution are reduced more than 70% for the temperature and D20 especially in the eastern Pacific. The obvious improvement of D20 which represents the upper mixed layer depth indicates that the structure of the temperature after the data assimilation becomes more close to the reality and the vertical structure of the upper ocean becomes more reasonable. At last, the physical processes of time series are compared with observations. The time evolution processes of all variables after the data assimilation are more consistent with the observations. The temperature bias and RMSE of D20 are reduced by 76% and 56% respectively with the data assimilation. More events during this period are also reproduced after the data assimilation. Under the condition of strong 2014/2016 El Niño, the Equatorial Undercurrent (EUC) from the TAO is gradually increased during August to November in 2014, and followed by a decreasing process. Since the improvement of the structure in the upper ocean, these events of the EUC can be clearly found in the assimilation results. In conclusion, the data assimilation in this global high resolution model has successfully reduced the model biases and improved the structures of the upper ocean, and the physical processes in reality can be well produced.


tropical Pacific tropical atmosphere ocean data assimilation evaluation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Junqiang Shi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xunqiang Yin
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Qi Shu
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Bin Xiao
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Fangli Qiao
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.College of Oceanic and Atmospheric SciencesOcean University of ChinaQingdaoChina
  2. 2.The First Institute of OceanographyState Oceanic AdministrationQingdaoChina
  3. 3.Laboratory for Regional Oceanography and Numerical ModelingQingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and TechnologyQingdaoChina
  4. 4.Key Laboratory of State Oceanic Administration for Marine Sciences and Numerical Modeling, The First Institute of OceanographyState Oceanic AdministrationQingdaoChina

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