An operational validation system has been developed to systematically assess the model outputs at daily, monthly and seasonal time scales. Multi-platform observations including satellite-derived products (Sea Surface Temperature and surface geostrophic currents) and in-situ measurements (Argo floats and fixed moorings)  are used for this systematic validation.

Daily Sea Surface Temperature maps

The WMOP SST is compared in this section to the last available satellite L4 SST product provided by GOS-ISAC-CNR and distributed by the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service.

Figure 1: SST (satellite) Figure 2: SST (WMOP)
Figure 3: SST (WMOP) minus SST (satellite) Figure 4: Histogram of SST (WMOP) minus SST (satellite)

Daily surface geostrophic currents maps

The WMOP surface geostrophic currents are compared in this section to the last available surface geostrophic currents derived from the AVISO SALTO/DUACS Absolute Dynamic Topography altimetry product.

Figure 1: AVISO surface geostrophic currents over the Western Mediterranean (m/s) Figure 2: WMOP geostrophic sea surface currents (m/s)
Figure 3: AVISO surface geostrophic currents (m/s) in the Balearic Sea Figure 4: WMOP surface geostrophic currents (m/s) in the Balearic Sea

ARGO vertical temperature and salinity profiles

The WMOP vertical temperature and salinity profiles are compared in this section to the last available vertical profiles from Argo floats.

Figure 1: Position of last available Argo floats in the Western Mediterranean
Figure 2: Temperature profiles Figure 3: Salinity profiles Figure 4: T/S diagram

Time series at fixed moorings

The time series of WMOP surface temperature, salinity and currents are compared in this section to available mooring measurements from Puertos del Estado along the Iberian shelf and from SOCIB in Ibiza Channel and Palma Bay.

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Figure 1: Western Mediterranean bathymetry and position of Puertos del Estado and SOCIB fixed moorings (red dots).

Select the mooring to be visualized by clicking on its position in Figure 1.

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Time Series Difference histogram Scatterplots
Temperature
Salinity
Zonal current
Meridional current

Glider temperature and salinity sections in the Ibiza Channel

WMOP temperature (T) and salinity (S) are compared in this section to SOCIB glider data (delayed-time L2 product) from the last available mission in the Ibiza Channel.

T/S diagrams

Figure 1: T/S diagram from glider. Medians of the T and S distributions are indicated for different vertical layers. Figure 2: T/S diagram from WMOP. Medians of the T and S distributions are indicated for different vertical layers.


Vertical temperature section

Figure 3: Vertical temperature sections from glider. Figure 4: Vertical temperature sections from WMOP. Figure 5: Vertical sections of temperature differences (WMOP minus glider).


Vertical salinity section

Figure 6: Vertical salinity sections from glider. Figure 7: Vertical salinity sections from WMOP. Figure 8: Vertical sections of salinity differences (WMOP minus glider).

Daily HF radar surface currents in the Ibiza Channel

The WMOP total surface currents are compared in this section to the last available total surface currents derived from the SOCIB HF radar in the eastern part of the Ibiza Channel.

Figure 1: Daily HF radar total surface currents (m/s). Figure 2: Daily WMOP total surface currents (m/s).