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Front. Mar. Sci. | doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00719

Impacts of temperature measurements from sea turtles on seasonal prediction around the Arafura Sea

  • 1Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Japan
  • 2NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation, Italy
  • 3Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • 4Independent researcher, Japan

In this work, we added the assimilation of subsurface temperature measurements obtained from sea turtles around the Arafura Sea from June to October 2017 into an operational seasonal prediction system. The impact of these measurements was explored by conducting the so-called ocean observing system experiments. It was found that the prediction of regional sea surface temperatures around the Arafura Sea is significantly improved at 3-4 months lead-time. The results also showed that the addition of temperature measurements from sea turtles into the existing Global Ocean Observing System (including satellites, mooring buoys, ships, and profiling floats) may open a new door to improving regional seasonal prediction through better representation of the initial state of the upper ocean.

Keywords: Seasonal prediction, Sea Turtles, Biologging, marine animal-borne instruments, Ocean Observing System Experiment

Received: 23 Jul 2019; Accepted: 06 Nov 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Doi, Storto, Fukuoka, Suganuma and Sato. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Takeshi Doi, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Yokosuka, Japan, takeshi.doi@jamstec.go.jp