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[[Image:Mod3box.jpg|right|200px|thumb|A diagrammatic representation of a three layer box model.]]
 
A '''box model''' is a highly simplified representation of the ocean that typically divides it into two vertical layers.  Usually these represent surface, seasonally-mixed waters (or the [[euphotic zone]]) and the deep ocean, with communication between them parameterised as a simple mixing rate.
 
A '''box model''' is a highly simplified representation of the ocean that typically divides it into two vertical layers.  Usually these represent surface, seasonally-mixed waters (or the [[euphotic zone]]) and the deep ocean, with communication between them parameterised as a simple mixing rate.
  
For specific applications box models may have enhanced vertical resolution (e.g. the [[carbon model]]) or add a degree of horizontal complexity (e.g. separate ocean basins or regions).
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For specific applications box models may have enhanced vertical resolution (e.g. the [[carbon model]]; see diagram to the right) or add a degree of horizontal complexity (e.g. separate ocean basins or regions).
  
 
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==External links==

Latest revision as of 09:25, 8 April 2008

A diagrammatic representation of a three layer box model.

A box model is a highly simplified representation of the ocean that typically divides it into two vertical layers. Usually these represent surface, seasonally-mixed waters (or the euphotic zone) and the deep ocean, with communication between them parameterised as a simple mixing rate.

For specific applications box models may have enhanced vertical resolution (e.g. the carbon model; see diagram to the right) or add a degree of horizontal complexity (e.g. separate ocean basins or regions).

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