American Society of Civil Engineers


Puget Sound Operational Forecast System-A Real-Time Predictive Tool for Marine Resource Management and Emergency Responses


by Zhaoqing Yang, (Integrated Coastal Ocean Modeling (ICOM), Marine Sciences Laboratory, PNNL, Battelle Seattle Research Center. 1100 Dexter Avenue North, Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98109), Tarang Khangaonkar, (Integrated Coastal Ocean Modeling (ICOM), Marine Sciences Laboratory, PNNL, Battelle Seattle Research Center. 1100 Dexter Avenue North, Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98109), Jared Chase, (Integrated Coastal Ocean Modeling (ICOM), Marine Sciences Laboratory, PNNL, Battelle Seattle Research Center. 1100 Dexter Avenue North, Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98109), and Taiping Wang, (Integrated Coastal Ocean Modeling (ICOM), Marine Sciences Laboratory, PNNL, Battelle Seattle Research Center. 1100 Dexter Avenue North, Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98109)
Section: Modeling of Lagrangian Transport, pp. 356-372, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/41121(388)22)

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Estuarine and Coastal Modeling (2009)
Abstract: To support marine ecological resource management and emergency response and to enhance scientific understanding of physical and biogeochemical processes in Puget Sound, a real-time Puget Sound Operational Forecast System (PS-OFS) was developed by the Coastal Ocean Dynamics & Ecosystem Modeling group (CODEM) of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). PS-OFS employs the state-of-the-art three-dimensional coastal ocean model and closely follows the standards and procedures established by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Ocean Service (NOS). PS-OFS consists of four key components supporting the Puget Sound Circulation and Transport Model (PS-CTM): data acquisition, model execution and product archive, model skill assessment, and model results dissemination. This paper provides an overview of PS-OFS and its ability to provide vital real-time oceanographic information to the Puget Sound community. PS-OFS supports pacific northwest region’s growing need for a predictive tool to assist water quality management, fish stock recovery efforts, maritime emergency response, nearshore land-use planning, and the challenge of climate change and sea level rise impacts. The structure of PS-OFS and examples of the system inputs and outputs, forecast results are presented in details.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Ecosystems
Emergency management
Forecasting
Washington