Development of an Unstructured-Grid Nesting Method for the Study of Loop Current Frontal Eddies
Louisiana State University
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
The National Academies of Sciences - Gulf Research Program (NAS - GRP)
NASEM Gulf Research Program Grants
Monitoring and Observations
Researchers will nest an unstructured grid Finite Volume Community Ocean Model — a type of 3D ocean model — within the Gulf of Mexico. They will use the model to simulate energy conversion processes and the interactions between Loop Current Frontal Eddies (LCFEs) and changes in ocean floor depth. The goal is to establish an ocean forecasting system for the Gulf that is capable of an accurate one-two weeks Loop Current forecast. In addition, the team will create a 20-year satellite data archive to detect and analyze LCFE merging events that occur before eddy detachments and separations.