Coastal and Regional Ocean Community model (CROCO)
CROCO is a new oceanic modeling system built upon ROMS_AGRIF and the non-hydrostatic kernel of SNH (under testing), gradually including algorithms from MARS3D (sediments) and HYCOM (vertical coordinates). An important objective of CROCO is to provide the possibility to resolve very fine scales (especially in coastal area, and their interactions with larger scales. It is the oceanic component of a complex coupled system including various components as: atmosphere, waves, sediment transport, morphodynamics, biogeochemical cycles, and up to ecosystems. This version is still in development with changes on daily basis. Thus it should be use with care by experienced developers until its official release.
From ROMS_AGRIF to CROCO
The IRD/INRIA version of the code, ROMS_AGRIF, made use of the AGRIF grid refinement procedure developed at Inria and proposed a powerful toolbox for ROMS pre- and post-processing: ROMSTOOLS. The development of ROMS_AGRIF is stopped but a stable version is still available on this web site.
CROCO is both an upgrade of this work and a renewed approach to coastal modeling based on a fully integrative treatment of the regional earth system from the deep ocean to the nearshore zone. The new code is developed within a solid consortium of French partners: UPS, IFREMER, SHOM, CNRS, INRIA and IRD; associated with historical ROMS protagonists in the North and South (particularly UCLA, DGEO ...).
Because transition will occur within a projected period of 4 years, the present web site will keep its ROMS_AGRIF flavor for a while. This alpha version of CROCO keeps all the functionalities of ROMS_AGRIF (now frozen) and adds new ones (non-hydrostatic kernel ... ). The documentation will also gradually evolve ...