The COCOA project has been funded by the ANR for a total budget of 695 KEuros over 4 years. COCOA, which stands for “COmprehensive Coupling approach for the Ocean and the Atmosphere”, aims to improve climate simulations with a better physical representation of ocean-atmopshere coupling processes. The project is organized around four main scientific issues:
- improving the physical contents of the parameterizations of air-sea fluxes in CMs;
- assessing the overall coherence of the complex set of parameterizations representing atmospheric and oceanic boundary layers and air-sea fluxes;
- improving the numerical schemes and software implementation related to OA coupling;
- assessing the actual impact of the previous improvements in CMs.
To achieve its goals, this project brings together expert scientists from various disciplines (physicists, applied mathematicians, computer scientists).