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Publication Date
26 May 2022

Overestimated Eddy Kinetic Energy in the Eddy‐Rich Regions Simulated by Eddy‐Resolving Global Ocean–Sea Ice Models



The performance of eddy-resolving global ocean–sea ice models in simulating mesoscale eddies is evaluated using six eddy-resolving experiments forced by different atmospheric reanalysis products. Interestingly, eddy-resolving ocean general circulation models (OGCMs) tend to simulate more (less) energetic eddy-rich (eddy-poor) regions with a smaller (larger) spatial extent than satellite observation, which finally shows that larger (smaller) mesoscale energy intensity (EI) is simulated in the eddy-rich (eddy-poor) regions. Quantitatively, there is an approximately 27%–60% overestimation of EI in the eddy-rich regions, which are mainly located in the Kuroshio–Oyashio Extension, the Gulf Stream, and the Antarctic Circumpolar Currents regions, although the global mean EI is underestimated by 25%–45%. Apparently, the eddy kinetic energy in the eddy-poor region is underestimated. Further analyses based on coherent mesoscale eddy properties show that the overestimation in the eddy-rich regions is mainly attributed to mesoscale eddies’ intensity and is more prominent when mesoscale eddies are in their growth stage. 

Ding, Mengrong, Hailong Liu, Pengfei Lin, Aixue Hu, Yao Meng, Yiwen Li, and Kexiu Liu. 2022. “Overestimated Eddy Kinetic Energy In The Eddy‐Rich Regions Simulated By Eddy‐Resolving Global Ocean–Sea Ice Models”. Geophysical Research Letters 49 (11). American Geophysical Union (AGU). doi:10.1029/2022gl098370.
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