DOI: 9, 2021Proceedings Paper

MACRO-GOM: Long Term Multi-Resolution Ocean Current Reanalysis Dataset for the Gulf of Mexico

Jill StorieDrew Gustafson


The Gulf of Mexico's unique circulation characteristics pose a particular threat to marine operations and play a significant role in driving the criteria used for design and life extension analyses of offshore infrastructure. Estimates from existing reanalysis datasets used by operators in GOM show less than ideal correlation with in situ measurements and have a limited resolution that disallows for the capture of ocean features of interest. In this paper, we introduce a new high-resolution long-term reanalysis dataset, Multi-resolution Advanced Current Reanalysis for the Ocean – Gulf of Mexico (MACRO-GOM), based on a state-of the-science hydrodynamic model configured specifically for ocean current forecasting and hindcasting services for the offshore industry that assimilates extensive non-conventional observational data. The underlying hydrodynamic model used is the Woods Hole Group – Tendral Ocean Prediction System (WHG-TOPS). MACRO-GOM is being developed at the native resolution of the TOPS-GOM domain, i.e. 1/32° (~3 km) hourly grid for the 1994-2019 time period (25 years). A 3-level downscaling methodology is used wherein observation based estimates are first dynamically interpolated using a 1/4° model before being downsca...Continue Reading

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