Ocean and Sea Ice Modeling


Teaching: min
Exercises: min
  • How to Ocean and Ice Models work?


Just like the atmosphere and land models are typically run together, the ocean and sea ice models are also typically run together. We will learn about what ocean and sea ice models predict, what they explicitly resolve, what they paramaterize, and some of the challenges of ocean and sea ice modeling.

Ocean Models

The CESM2 ocean component is called POP (Parallel Ocean Program). The next version of CESM (CESM3) will use a different ocean model called MOM (Modular Ocean Model). Regardless of the exact model used, the fundamentals of ocean modeling are similar and consist of dynamics and physics. They may also consist of biological and chemical processes as well, but we will not discuss this part.


Parameterized Physics

Some Challenges in Ocean Modeling

Key Points