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30 Apr 2020
Special issue in ocean science on the Copernicus Marine Service
The collection of articles underline the key role of CMS expertise in ocean science research and in advancing the field of operational oceanography.

Scientific advances and R&D achievements from the Copernicus Marine Service have been showcased in a special issue of the Ocean Science journal. This high-level scientific journal was created by the European Geoscience Union (EGU), a leading, planetary and science research organization in Europe. The collection of articles underline the key role of Copernicus Marine Service expertise in ocean science research and in advancing the field of operational oceanography.

The special issue “The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS): scientific advances,” gathers twenty-four articles focusing on Copernicus Marine scientific advances during its first phase of implementation (2015-2018). The Copernicus Marine Service relies on a network of European marine data producers that provide state-of-the-art scientific knowledge in order to build a portfolio of ocean data products. Production Centers are partitioned into Thematic Assembly Centres (TAC), providing processed data acquired from satellite, in situ platforms, and Monitoring and Forecasting Centres (MFC), in which numerical models of the ocean assimilating TAC data are generating ocean forecasts and reanalyses. This wide provision of data allows Copernicus Marine scientists to have accurate and reliable analysis of various aspects of the ocean, including its blue (physical), white (sea-ice) and green (biogeochemical) components.  In the different articles, they explain how they advanced the scientific tools and methods underpinning the production of the best possible ocean information in the catalogue, and how their developments contribute to the preparation of the next generation of operational systems.

Within this Ocean Science Special Issue, various topics are broached related to the different MFCs and TACs to improve scientific knowledge and the numerical ocean models.  The various articles are examples of how new and improved ocean products can vastly improve the accuracy and scope of models, having a real impact on our collective understanding of the ocean.

Find the full publication: Ocean Science Special Issue on CMEMS collecting the 24 publications

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