Project Details

Circulation Nowcast/Forecast System for the South Atlantic Bight and Gulf of Mexico

Sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association


This project produced an interactive coupled regional model of the South Atlantic Bight and the Gulf of Mexico (SABGOM). The SABGOM model is a three-dimensional marine environment nowcast and forecast model provides predictions of ocean circulation, wave, and atmosphere conditions over the South Atlantic Bight and Gulf of Mexico on a daily basis. The model domain covers the U.S. east coast from New Jersey southward, including the South Atlantic Bight, Gulf of Mexico, northwest corner of the Caribbean Sea, and western edge of the Sargasso Sea.

Maps of model-generated regional dynamics are organized into four sections:

  1. Marine Weather, with variables of wind speed at 10 m above sea surface, air temperature at 2 m above sea surface, and sea-level air pressure
  2. Ocean Waves, showing significant wave height and direction
  3. Ocean Circulation, with variables of ocean temperature, salinity, and currents that can be displayed at specific depths
  4. Marine Ecosystem, with variables of chlorophyll, phytoplankton, and zooplankton.


Xue, Z., J. Zambon, Z. Yao, Y. Liu, and R. He (2015) An integrated ocean circulation, wave, atmosphere, and marine ecosystem prediction system for the South Atlantic Bight and Gulf of Mexico, Journal of Operational Oceanography, doi:10.1080/1755876X.2015.1014667.