Contact: David Holland and Andrey Proshutinsky

The Arctic Ocean Model Intercomparison Project (AOMIP) is an international effort to identify systematic errors in Arctic Ocean models under realistic forcing.  The main goals of the research are to examine the ability of Arctic Ocean models to simulate variability on seasonal to interannual scales, and to qualitatively and quantitatively understand the behaviour of different Arctic Ocean models. AOMIP's major objective is to use a suite of sophisticated models to simulate the Arctic Ocean circulation for the periods 1948 2002 and 1901-2002. Forcing will use the observed climatology and the daily atmospheric pressure and air temperature fields. Model results will be contrasted and compared to understand model strengths and weaknesses.

AOMIP will bring together the international modeling community for a comprehensive evaluation and validation of current Arctic Ocean models. The project will provide valuable information on improving Arctic Ocean models and will result in a better understanding of the processes that maintain the Arctic's observed variability.


  • Proshutinsky, A., M. Steele, J. Zhang, G. Holloway, N. Steiner, S. Häkkinen, D.M. Holland, R. Gerdes, C. Koeberle, M. Karcher, M. Johnson, W. Maslowski, Y. Zhang, W. Hibler, J. Wang, 2001: The Arctic Ocean Model Intercomparison Project (AOMIP). EOS, 82 (51), 637-644.
  • Steele, M., W. Ermold, G. Holloway, S. Häkkinen, D.M. Holland, M. Karcher, F. Kauker, W. Maslowski, N. Steiner, and J. Zhang, 2001: Adrift in the Beaufort Gyre: A model intercomparison. Geophys. Res. Lett, 28, 2935-2838.