EGU22-12460, updated on 22 Sep 2023
EGU General Assembly 2022
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The Copernicus Marine Service ocean forecasting system for the Mediterranean Sea: 2015-2021 achievements and future perspectives

Giovanni Coppini1, Emanuela Clementi2, Gianpiero Cossarini3, Gerasimos Korres4, Massimiliano Drudi1, Ali Aydogdu2, Giorgio Bolzon3, Romain Escudier2,6, Laura Feudale3, Anna Chiara Goglio2, Alessandro Grandi1, Paolo Lazzari3, Rita Lecci1, Simona Masina2, Nadia Pinardi5, Jenny Pistoia2, Stefano Salon3, Michael Ravdas4, Anna Teruzzi3, and Anna Zacharioudaki4
Giovanni Coppini et al.
  • 1Ocean Predictions and Applications Division, Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, CMCC
  • 2Ocean Modeling and Data Assimilation Division, Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, CMCC
  • 3National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics - OGS, Italy
  • 4HCMR, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece
  • 5Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Bologna, Italy
  • 6Mercator Ocean International, France

The Copernicus Marine Service (CMEMS) Mediterranean Monitoring and Forecasting Center (MED-MFC) adopts state of the art knowledge in scientific modeling development to operationally produce Near Real Time (NRT) and Multi-year products (MYP) for the Mediterranean Sea dynamics, from currents to waves, and biogeochemistry since 2015.

The modelling systems are based on community models (NEMO, WAM and BFM), and assimilate observational In-situ and satellite CMEMS data.

During the last 6 years, the MED-MFC systems have been substantially improved with regard to: increased resolution, improved physical, biogeochemical and wave representations thanks to modelling and data assimilation upgrades. All the systems are aligned in terms of grid resolution (1/24o), bathymetry and share the same atmospheric and river forcing fields, moreover the wave and biogeochemical systems are forced by the MED-MFC physical fields.

The consortium also assured a continuous improvement of the accuracy of the products and their quality is continuously monitored by means of comparison with respect to available insitu and satellite observations.

The focus of this work is to present the integrated MED-MFC modelling systems and the available products, their innovative skill assessment, their evolutions during the 1st phase of Copernicus including major recent scientific achievements.  An overview of the future upgrades for the period 2022-2024 are also presented.

How to cite: Coppini, G., Clementi, E., Cossarini, G., Korres, G., Drudi, M., Aydogdu, A., Bolzon, G., Escudier, R., Feudale, L., Goglio, A. C., Grandi, A., Lazzari, P., Lecci, R., Masina, S., Pinardi, N., Pistoia, J., Salon, S., Ravdas, M., Teruzzi, A., and Zacharioudaki, A.: The Copernicus Marine Service ocean forecasting system for the Mediterranean Sea: 2015-2021 achievements and future perspectives, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-12460,, 2022.


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