High Resolution Currents

Florida Straits, South Florida and Keys Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model (FKeyS-HYCOM) High Resolution Currents

Simulated and observed high resolution currents reveal complex current patterns which cannot be captured by the outer low resolution models (SoFLA and GoM).
These high resolution currents provide an opportunity to examine submesoscale coastal ocean processes forced by energetic Florida Current intrusions and vortices across the shelf break.

Comparison to the high frequency WERA radar data

With very high resolution of 900m, FKEYS-HYCOM is capable of simulating sub-mesoscale eddies which can be captured with high frequency radar, like this captured by WERA in January, 2005.

Villy Kourafalou — vkourafalou@rsmas.miami.edu
HeeSook Kang — hkang@rsmas.miami.edu