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Evaluation of biogeochemical model simulations using World Ocean Atlas and satellite observations in the Arabian Sea

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Model simulations of the Ocean General Circulation Model (OGCM; MOM4p1), coupled with a state-of-the-art biogeochemical model TOPAZ (Tracers of Phytoplankton with Allometric Zooplankton), which includes multi-nutrient limitations including iron limitation, are used to study the seasonal variations of mixed-layer properties and their influence on nutrients and chlorophyll in the Arabian Sea. The spatial variation of nitrate during the Northeast Monsoon (NEM) and Southwest Monsoon (SWM), in the northern and western parts of the Arabian Sea and coast of Somalia, are very well captured by the model and compare well with observations. Modelled chlorophyll and primary productivity are validated with satellite-derived maps for the Arabian Sea.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: CSIR Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Bangalore, 560037, India

Publication date: July 18, 2014

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