The Western Mediterranean OPerational forecasting system (WMOP)

WMOP is a high-resolution ocean forecasting system implemented over the Western Mediterranean Sea. It is run operationally on a daily basis, producing 72-hour forecasts of ocean temperature, salinity, sea level and currents.

Systematic validation procedures based on the inter-comparison of model outputs and satellite and in-situ observations are implemented to continuously assess the accuracy of the model. Model indicators (volume transports, average temperature, salinity, kinetic energy and heat content, maximum mixed layer depth) are also computed every day to monitor the system.

Figure 1: Bathymetry over the WMOP modelling domain

Model configuration

  • Regional configuration of the Regional Ocean Modelling System (ROMS, Shchepetkin and McWilliams, 2005(1))
  • Spatial coverage: from Gibraltar strait to Sardinia Channel (6ºW-9ºE, 35ºN-44.5ºN, see Figure 1)
  • Bottom topography from 30" database (Smith and Sandwell, 1997(2))
  • Spatial resolution varying from 1.8 to 2.2km
  • Vertical grid: 32 stretched sigma levels
  • Boundary conditions from the Mediterranean Forecasting System (MFS, MyOcean, Tonani et al., 2014(3))
  • Atmospheric forcing from Hirlam with a resolution of 3 hours and 1/20º
  • Climatological rivers runoffs of Var, Rhône, Aude, Hérault, Ebro and Júcar rivers computed from averaged daily values over the period 2009-2013 provided by the French HYDRO database and the Spanish hydrographic confederations of Ebro and Júcar rivers.
  • Weekly model reinitialization from the outputs of a 3-week spinup simulation initialized from MFS fields.
  • Ouput variables: temperature, salinity, currents, and sea level, saved every 3hours

(1) Shchepetkin, A. F. and McWilliams, J.C. (2005), The regional oceanic modeling system (ROMS): a split explicit, free-surface, topography-following-coordinate oceanic model. Ocean Modelling, 9, 347–404.
(2) Smith, W. H. F., and Sandwell, D.T. (1997), Global sea floor topography from satellite altimetry and ship depth soundings, Science, 277, 1956–1962.
(3) Tonani, M., et al. (2014), The Mediterranean Monitoring and Forecasting Centre, a component of the MyOcean system, Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on EuroGOOS 4-6 October 2011, Sopot, Poland, Edited by H. Dahlin, N.C. Fleming and S. E. Petersson. First published 2014. Eurogoos Publication no. 30. ISBN 978-91-974828-9-9.