NOAA-AOML/UM-RSMAS Ocean Modeling and OSSE Center (OMOC)


OMOC Research Projects:

Prototype Ocean OSSE

Gulf of Mexico Nature Run

North Atlantic Ocean OSSE

North Atlantic Ocean OSSE

Evaluation of North Atlantic Model Mean

Amazon River plume spreading


Five-year monthly mean SSS from the NR and the monthly climatology from the Navy GDEM3 are presented. The Amazon River discharge is maximum in June and minimum in November. The freshwater from the Amazon River is advected to the tropics along the coast during Feb, Apr and Jun. From June to October, much of Amazon freshwater is advected to the east, merging with adjacent river sources (as the Orinoco River) to form a low salinity band. In October, the fresh water from the Amazon retreats near the coast. (Note: For a bigger view please click on the figure.)