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The Scottish Shelf Model 1990 – 2014 climatology – reduced precision output from version 2.01

Marine Scotland is the custodian of a hydrodynamic model of Scottish continental shelf waters, the Scottish Shelf Model (SSM). The wider Scottish Shelf model (SSM) domain covers the Scottish continental shelf at relatively high resolution (up to 1 km node spacing at the coastline) but also covers most of UK waters, the North Sea and the English Channel. The domain extends in longitude from approximately 13° W to 13° E, including the Baltic Sea. The Wider SSM version 2.01 is a full year climatological run, which represents average conditions for 1990-2014 with a 1993 tidal component.

These data are a reduced precision dataset containing only water elevations and depth average horizontal water velocities on the unstructured grid at hourly temporal resolution.

De Dominicis, M., O’Hara Murray, R., Wolf, J. Gallego, A. (2018) The Scottish Shelf Model 1990 – 2014 climatology – reduced precision output from version 2.01. doi: 10.7489/12122-1

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Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((5.361328125 61.500894750478, 6.064453125 58.607417135601, 8.876953125 58.423808420172, 10.458984375 59.511136664485, 12.392578125 57.206757133115, 12.8759765625 56.303860568282, 11.2939453125 56.010174644969, 10.5029296875 56.546887082099, 10.5908203125 57.691935329393, 9.0966796875 57.076096552088, 8.0419921875 56.206214653936, 8.3935546875 55.014921519215, 8.7451171875 53.787152094455, 5.3173828125 52.842063185218, 1.5380859375 50.666314698922, -0.2197265625 49.367493431185, -1.6259765625 49.709703676358, -1.4501953125 48.73387511991, -3.2958984375 48.73387511991, -4.3505859375 48.559667531957, -12.568359375 48.076903358269, -12.744140625 57.867195910989, -5.361328125 61.834582838472))
English (United Kingdom)
UK Open Government Licence (OGL)
Hourly for 1 climatological year representing 1990-2014 with a 1993 tidal component
De Dominicis, M., O'Hara Murray, R., Wolf, J., Gallego, A.
Data Dictionary

The SSM is an implementation of the Finite Volume Community Ocean Model (FVCOM). FVCOM was developed by the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, USA, by Chen et al. (2003) and is still actively being developed. The Wider SSM 2.01 is a full year climatological run, which represents average conditions with a 1993 tidal component. The model forcing is made up of the following:
• Boundary condition: Atlantic Margin Model 7 km (1990-2014) (Edwards et al. 2012, O’Dea 2012).
• Atmospheric: ERA-interim (1990-2014) (Dee et al, 2011).
• Freshwater input: Grid 2 Grid (1962-2011) obtained from the Centre of Ecology (CEH) (Bell et al. 2007, Cole and Moore 2009).
For a full description see De Dominicis et al. (2017).

Spherical WGS84

Spatial resolution:
Unstructured grid down to 1 km between nodes along coastline

Published papers and reports related to these data:
Bell, V. A., Kay, A. L., Jones, R. G., & Moore, R. J. (2007). Development of a high resolution grid-based river flow model for use with regional climate model output. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences.

Cole, S. J., & Moore, R. J. (2009). Distributed hydrological modelling using weather radar in gauged and ungauged basins. Advances in Water Resources.

De Dominicis, M., O’Hara Murray, R., & Wolf, J. (2017). Multi-scale ocean response to a large tidal stream turbine array. Renewable Energy, 114, 1160–1179.

Dee, D. P., Uppala, S. M., Simmons, A. J., Berrisford, P., Poli, P., Kobayashi, S., et al. (2011). The ERA-Interim reanalysis: configuration and performance of the data assimilation system. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 137(656), 553–597.

Edwards, K. P., Barciela, R., & Butenschön, M. (2012). Validation of the NEMO-ERSEM operational ecosystem model for the North West European Continental Shelf. Ocean Sci.

O’Dea, E. J., Arnold, A. K., Edwards, K. P., Furner, R., Hyder, P., Martin, M. J., et al. (2012). An operational ocean forecast system incorporating NEMO and SST data assimilation for the tidally driven European North-West shelf. Journal of Operational Oceanography.

Wolf, J., Yates, N., Brereton, A., Buckland, H., De Dominicis, M., Gallego, A., & O’Hara Murray, R. (2016). The Scottish Shelf Model. Part 1: Shelf-Wide Domain. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science, 7(3).

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