Data.gov Program Management Office Data.gov Program Management Office

created Feb 18, 2011

updated May 11, 2011

View Full Page
Description

The Ocean Surface Current Simulator (OSCURS) numerical model is a research tool that allows oceanographers and fisheries scientists to perform retrospective analyses of daily ocean surface currents anywhere in an ocean-wide grid of 90 km cells that stretches from Baja California to China and from 10 degrees north of the equator to the Bering Strait. This model is used to measure the movement of surface currents over time, as well as the movement of what is in or on the water. Ocean surface currents affect organisms suspended in the water column - such as fish eggs, small larvae, and plankton - and may affect their survival by determining their location after a few months of drift. Even swimming or migrating fish or mammals may have their destinations significantly offset by currents or the annual variability of currents. OSCURS has gained visibility as an accidental debris tracker to analyze accidental but fortuitous at-sea events beyond the scale of normal oceanographic science. Investigations of events such as spills of cargo containers loaded with plastic bathtub toys have been used to fine-tune the OSCURS model.

Activity
Community Rating
Current value: 0.0 out of 5
Your Rating
Current value: out of 5
Raters
0
Visits
910
Downloads
971
Comments
0
Contributors
0
Meta
Category
Geography and Environment
Permissions
Public
Tags
tracker, debris, North Pacific Ocean, currents, fisheries, numerical model
Licensing and Attribution
Data Provided By
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Source Link
(none)
Dataset Summary
Agency
Department of Commerce
Sub-Agency
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Date Released
01/2001
Date Updated
11/5/2010
Time Period
1967-Present
Frequency
Daily
High Value Dataset
Y
Suggested by Public
N
Dataset Information
Data.gov Data Category Type
Tool Catalog
Specialized Data Category Designation
Geospatial
Unique ID
4105
Extended Type
Data Extraction Tool
Dataset Coverage
Unit of Analysis
surface pressure
Geographic Coverage
North Pacific Ocean
Data Description
Collection Mode
web
Data Collection Instrument
The input to the model is Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNOMC)'s Navy Operational Global Atmospheric Prediction System model (NOGAPS) 6hr 360-180 sea level pressue,https://www.fnmoc.navy.mil/public/welcome/welcome_aboard.html, http://gcmd.nasa.gov/records/GCMD_NOGAPS_COMP.html
Data Dictionary
http://las.pfeg.noaa.gov/thredds/dodsC/oscurs_model/oscurs_pressure.nc.html
Data Quality
Data Quality Certification
Yes
Privacy and Confidentiality
Yes
Applicable Information Quality Guideline Designation
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This view cannot be displayed
Data.gov Program Management Office Data.gov Program Management Office

created Feb 18, 2011

updated May 11, 2011

Description

The Ocean Surface Current Simulator (OSCURS) numerical model is a research tool that allows oceanographers and fisheries scientists to perform retrospective analyses of daily ocean surface currents anywhere in an ocean-wide grid of 90 km cells that stretches from Baja California to China and from 10 degrees north of the equator to the Bering Strait. This model is used to measure the movement of surface currents over time, as well as the movement of what is in or on the water. Ocean surface currents affect organisms suspended in the water column - such as fish eggs, small larvae, and plankton - and may affect their survival by determining their location after a few months of drift. Even swimming or migrating fish or mammals may have their destinations significantly offset by currents or the annual variability of currents. OSCURS has gained visibility as an accidental debris tracker to analyze accidental but fortuitous at-sea events beyond the scale of normal oceanographic science. Investigations of events such as spills of cargo containers loaded with plastic bathtub toys have been used to fine-tune the OSCURS model.

Activity
Community Rating
Current value: 0.0 out of 5
Your Rating
Current value: out of 5
Raters
0
Visits
910
Downloads
971
Comments
0
Contributors
0
Meta
Category
Geography and Environment
Permissions
Public
Tags
tracker, debris, North Pacific Ocean, currents, fisheries, numerical model
Licensing and Attribution
Data Provided By
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Source Link
(none)
Dataset Summary
Agency
Department of Commerce
Sub-Agency
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Date Released
01/2001
Date Updated
11/5/2010
Time Period
1967-Present
Frequency
Daily
High Value Dataset
Y
Suggested by Public
N
Dataset Information
Data.gov Data Category Type
Tool Catalog
Specialized Data Category Designation
Geospatial
Unique ID
4105
Extended Type
Data Extraction Tool
Dataset Coverage
Unit of Analysis
surface pressure
Geographic Coverage
North Pacific Ocean
Data Description
Collection Mode
web
Data Collection Instrument
The input to the model is Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNOMC)'s Navy Operational Global Atmospheric Prediction System model (NOGAPS) 6hr 360-180 sea level pressue,https://www.fnmoc.navy.mil/public/welcome/welcome_aboard.html, http://gcmd.nasa.gov/records/GCMD_NOGAPS_COMP.html
Data Dictionary
http://las.pfeg.noaa.gov/thredds/dodsC/oscurs_model/oscurs_pressure.nc.html
Data Quality
Data Quality Certification
Yes
Privacy and Confidentiality
Yes
Applicable Information Quality Guideline Designation
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration