List of ocean circulation models

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This is a list of ocean circulation models, as used in physical oceanography.

Acronym Full name
ADCIRC ADvanced CIRCulation model
COHERENS COupled Hydrodynamical Ecological model for REgioNal Shelf seas
FVCOM Finite Volume Community Ocean Model
HOPE The Hamburg Ocean Primitive Equation General Circulation Model [1]
HYCOM HYbrid Coordinate Ocean Model
LSG The Hamburg Large Scale Geostrophic Ocean General Circulation Model [2]
MICOM Miami Isopycnic Coordinate Ocean Model
MITgcm M.I.T. General Circulation Model
MOHID MOdelo HIDrodinâmico
MOM GFDL Modular Ocean Model
NEMO Nucleus for European Modelling of the Ocean
OPYC The Ocean IsoPYCnal General Circulation Model [3] [4]
POM Princeton Ocean Model
POP The Parallel Ocean Program
ROMS The Regional Ocean Modeling System


  1. ^ Wolff J-O, Maier-Reimer E, Legutke S (1997) The Hamburg Ocean Primitive Equation Model HOPE. DKRZ report 13, Hamburg, Germany, doi:10.2312/WDCC/DKRZ_Report_No13.
  2. ^ Maier-Reimer E, Mikolajewicz U (1992) The Hamburg Large Scale Geostrophic Ocean General Circulation Model (Cycle 1). DKRZ report 2, Hamburg, Germany, doi:10.2312/WDCC/DKRZ_Report_No02.
  3. ^ Oberhuber JM (1993) Simulation of the Atlantic circulation with a coupled sea ice-mixed layer-isopycnal general circulation model, part I: model description. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 23, 808–829 doi:10.1175/1520-0485(1993)023<0808:SOTACW>2.0.CO;2.
  4. ^ Oberhuber JM (1993) The OPYC Ocean General Circulation Model. DKRZ report 7, Hamburg, Germany, doi:10.2312/WDCC/DKRZ_Report_No07.