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Sjoerd Groeskamp, Jan D. Zika, Bernadette M. Sloyan, Trevor J. McDougall, and Peter C. McIntosh

along with tracer observations to obtain a steady-state estimate of D . Munk’s study demonstrated that observed estimates of tracers can be used to obtain estimates of ocean circulation and mixing. To obtain estimates of the structure and magnitude of the ocean circulation from observations, Stommel and Schott (1977) and Wunsch (1978) introduced inverse methods into the field of oceanography. Ever since, many inverse studies have provided observationally based estimates of circulation ( Schott

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Hayley V. Dosser and Mary-Louise Timmermans

quantify the processes driving changes in water mass properties using empirical orthogonal function (EOF) analysis and an inverse method based on the tracer conservation equations adapted for the deep Canada Basin. Water masses in the Canada Basin are largely defined based on the origin of the inflow. Between roughly 200- and 2000-m depth, water of Atlantic origin enters the basin in a boundary current and a series of intrusive features. The Atlantic Water is divided into two branches: Fram Strait

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Neill Mackay, Chris Wilson, N. Penny Holliday, and Jan D. Zika

. Surface forcing tends to increase the spread of water masses in T – S space; mixing tends to bring them together. The term γ n indicates a neutral density surface. Figure adapted from Groeskamp et al. (2014a) . The regional thermohaline inverse method (RTHIM) was developed to investigate water mass transformation north of the OSNAP section, and to diagnose the relative roles of the transforming processes for each water mass. Using inputs of surface fluxes of heat and freshwater, Conservative

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Eugenia Kalnay, Seon Ki Park, Zhao-Xia Pu, and Jidong Gao

tangent linear or the full nonlinear model, each of which has advantages for different applications. The quasi-inverse linear (QIL) method has been tested successfully at NCEP in several different applications, for example, forecast error sensitivity analysis and data assimilation ( Pu et al. 1997a ), and adaptive observations ( Pu et al. 1998 ). Wang et al. (1997) adopted the quasi-inverse approach for their adjoint Newton algorithm (ANA), and applied it to a simplified 4D-Var problem, using

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Axel Kleidon

model. The lack of rooting information for vast regions (in particular in the Tropics) and the variation of rooting patterns with soil texture within biomes (e.g., Hacke et al. 2000 ) pose potential limitations to the suitability of these datasets for the use in large-scale climate modeling studies. An alternative way to estimate the hydrologically “active” depth of the rooting zone can be done by inverse methods ( Fig. 1 ). One method, which will be referred to as “maximization,” is based on the

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Peter D. Killworth

DECEMBER 1986 PETER D. KILLWORTH 2031A Bernoulli Inverse Method for Determining the Ocean Circulation PETER D. KILLWORTHHooke Institute for Atmospheric Research, Department of Atmospheric Physics, Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford OX1 3PU and Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, Wormley, Godalming, Surrey (Manuscript received 27 December 1985, in

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F. Auclair, S. Casitas, and P. Marsaleix

, unlike the objective analysis, which allows statistical approaches. He eventually concluded that the data separation was more important than the method used. These methods, which include both observations and theory, constitute what is called an inverse problem, a definition of which is provided by Wunsch (1996) : “The Ocean Circulation Inverse Problem is the problem of inferring the state of the ocean circulation, understanding it dynamically, and even perhaps forecasting it, through a

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Toshiya Nakano, Yasushi Takatsuki, and Ikuo Kaneko

) ABSTRACT Structure and transport of the Kuroshio are examined by the inverse method, based on a dataset around theTokara Strait. Subsurface velocities measured by a shipborne acoustic Doppler current profiler are used togetherwith CTD sections across the Kuroshio to estimate the absolute flow fields. The dataset was obtained along aclosed line south off the Kyushu by the R/V Chofu Maru in September 1987. The Kuroshio transport throughthe Tokara Strait was 28 x 109 kg s-~ at the time of observations

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William J. Koshak and Richard J. Solakiewicz

demonstrates that one can apply the APM method to arbitrary population densities that have nothing to do with lightning; that is, the APM is a general inversion technique that can be applied to any inverse problem having a similar problem statement to the lightning problem studied here. In this particular test, the population densities are defined by phase-shifted absolute value sine functions that have been appropriately normalized. We have also mixed various exponential distributions with absolute value

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Jan D. Zika, Trevor J. McDougall, and Bernadette M. Sloyan

and inconclusive [for a comprehensive review see Kuhlbrodt et al. (2007) ]. A detailed global understanding of the diffusive and advective processes that contribute to the modification of water masses and the overturning circulation is needed. The most established method for diagnosing the general circulation, from hydrographic data, is the box inverse method ( Wunsch 1978 ). Although it is able to accurately resolve major components of the circulation, box inversions of hydrographic data have

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