10 Jan 2023
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The Mediterranean forecasting system. Part I: evolution and performance

Giovanni Coppini, Emanuela Clementi, Gianpiero Cossarini, Stefano Salon, Gerasimos Korres, Michalis Ravdas, Rita Lecci, Jenny Pistoia, Anna Chiara Goglio, Massimiliano Drudi, Alessandro Grandi, Ali Aydogdu, Romain Escudier, Andrea Cipollone, Vladyslav Lyubartsev, Antonio Mariani, Sergio Cretì, Francesco Palermo, Matteo Scuro, Simona Masina, Nadia Pinardi, Antonio Navarra, Damiano Delrosso, Anna Teruzzi, Valeria Di Biagio, Giorgio Bolzon, Laura Feudale, Gianluca Coidessa, Carolina Amadio, Alberto Brosich, Arnau Miró, Eva Alvarez, Paolo Lazzari, Cosimo Solidoro, Charikleia Oikonomou, and Anna Zacharioudaki

Abstract. The Mediterranean Forecasting Systems produces operational analyses, reanalyses and 10-day forecasts for many Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs), from currents, temperature to wind waves and pelagic biogeochemistry. The products are available at a horizontal resolution of 1/24 degrees (approximately 4 km) and 141 unevenly spaced vertical levels.

The core of the Mediterranean Forecasting System is constituted by the physical (PHY), the biogeochemical (BIO) and the wave (WAV) components coupled offline, consisting of both numerical models and data assimilation modules. The 3 components together constitute the so-called Mediterranean Monitoring and Forecasting Center (Med-MFC) of the Copernicus Marine Service.

Daily 10-day forecasts are produced by the PHY, BIO and WAV components as well as analyses, while reanalyses are produced for the past 30 years about every ~3 years and extended (yearly). The modelling systems, their coupling strategy and evolution is illustrated in detail. For the first time, the quality of the products is documented in terms of skill metrics evaluated on a common three-year period (2018–2020), giving the first complete assessment of uncertainties for all the Mediterranean environmental variable analyses.

Giovanni Coppini et al.

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Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • CC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-1337', George Zodiatis, 24 Jan 2023
    • AC1: 'Reply on CC1', Giovanni Coppini, 31 Jan 2023
    • AC5: 'Reply on CC1', Giovanni Coppini, 05 Apr 2023
  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-1337', Anonymous Referee #1, 07 Feb 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC1', Giovanni Coppini, 05 Apr 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-1337', Anonymous Referee #2, 12 Feb 2023
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC2', Giovanni Coppini, 05 Apr 2023
  • RC3: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-1337', Anonymous Referee #3, 20 Feb 2023
    • AC4: 'Reply on RC3', Giovanni Coppini, 05 Apr 2023

Giovanni Coppini et al.

Giovanni Coppini et al.


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Short summary
The paper presents the Mediterranean forecasting system evolution and performance developed in the framework of the Copernicus Marine Service.