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Miami Isopycnic Coordinate Ocean Model Output

| DOI: 10.5065/BXY0-R122

This historical dataset is recommended for ancillary use only and not as a primary research dataset. It has likely been superseded by a newer, improved dataset.


This archive has three distinct Miami Isopycnic Coordinate Ocean Model (MICOM) outputs. The output grids are for isopycnal layers, at one-twelfth degree spatial and three-day temporal resolution. Water temperature, salinity, and velocity components are the primary output variables. The model domain is the Atlantic Ocean from 65-70N to 28S latitude and in two cases includes the Mediterranean Sea. The three cases are briefly outlined below and differ primarily in the atmospheric forcing that is used.

    • International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set (ICOADS) mean wind forcing
    • Domain: 28S to 65N, 98W to 17E
    • 16 isopycnal layers
    • Six years of data
    • ECMWF mean wind forcing
    • Domain 28S to 70N, 98W to 36E, includes the Mediterranean Sea
    • 20 isopycnal layers
    • Three years of data
    • ECMWF 6-hourly forcing (wind, surface radiation, air temperature and humidity)
    • Domain 28S to 70N, 98W to 36E, includes the Mediterranean Sea
    • 20 isopycnal layers
    • 1979-1986

Details about the model forcing, mixing parameterization, bottom topography, computational requirements, and browse graphics are available at the MICOM website

Temporal Range:
1979 to 1986
Salinity Surface Winds Water Temperature
Vertical Levels:
Ocean mixed layer 24.70 sigma-theta 25.77 sigma-theta 25.28 sigma-theta
26.80 sigma-theta 26.52 sigma-theta 26.18 sigma-theta 27.92 sigma-theta
27.88 sigma-theta 27.82 sigma-theta 27.74 sigma-theta 27.64 sigma-theta
27.38 sigma-theta 27.22 sigma-theta 27.03 sigma-theta 27.52 sigma-theta
28.12 sigma-theta 28.09 sigma-theta 28.06 sigma-theta 28.00 sigma-theta
Temporal Frequencies:
Every 3 days (Mean) , Every year (Mean)
Data Types:
Spatial Coverage:
Longitude Range: Westernmost=98W Easternmost=36E
Latitude Range: Southernmost=28S Northernmost=70N Detailed coverage information
Data Contributors:
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami
Total Volume:
971.14 GB
Data Formats:
Binary (see dataset documentation)
Metadata Record:
Data License:
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