ocean/internal_wave test group induces internal wave propagation and is documented in
Ilicak et al. (2012).
The domain is periodic on the zonal boundaries and solid on the meridional boundaries. Salinity is constant throughout the domain (at 35 PSU). The initial temperature has a linear background stratification with a sinusoidal perturbation in the center of the domain. This perturbation initiates symmetric waves that propage out from the center and then back to the center after meeting the solid boundaries. with a gradient between the two halves that is sinusoidally perturbed in the meridional direction. The surface temperature is also warmer than at depth.
By default, the 20 vertical layers each have 25-m uniform thickness. By default, all cases have a horizontal resolution of 5 km.
The test group includes 3 test cases. All test cases have 2 steps,
initial_state, which defines the mesh and initial conditions for the model,
forward (given another name in many test cases to distinguish multiple
forward runs), which performs time integration of the model. There is an optional
step which performs visualization of vertical cross-sections through the center of the domain.
All 3 test cases share the same set of config options:
# Options related to the vertical grid [vertical_grid] # the type of vertical grid grid_type = uniform # Number of vertical levels vert_levels = 20 # Depth of the bottom of the ocean bottom_depth = 1000.0 # The type of vertical coordinate (e.g. z-level, z-star) coord_type = z-level # Whether to use "partial" or "full", or "None" to not alter the topography partial_cell_type = None # The minimum fraction of a layer for partial cells min_pc_fraction = 0.1 # namelist options for internal wave testcases [internal_wave] # the number of grid cells in x and y nx = 4 ny = 50 # the size of grid cells (m) dc = 5000.0 # Logical flag that determines if locations of features are defined by distance # or fractions. False means fractions. use_distances = False # Temperature of the surface in the northern half of the domain. surface_temperature = 20.1 # Temperature of the bottom in the northern half of the domain. bottom_temperature = 10.1 # Difference in the temperature field between top and bottom temperature_difference = 2.0 # Fraction of domain in Y direction the temperature gradient should be linear # over. amplitude_width_frac = 0.33 # Width of the temperature gradient around the center sin wave. Default value # is relative to a 500km domain in Y. amplitude_width_dist = 50e3 # Salinity of the water in the entire domain. salinity = 35.0 # Logical flag that determines if locations of features are defined by distance # or fractions. False means fractions. use_distances = False # Temperature of the surface in the northern half of the domain. surface_temperature = 13.1 # Temperature of the bottom in the northern half of the domain. bottom_temperature = 10.1 # Difference in the temperature field between the northern and southern halves # of the domain. temperature_difference = 1.2 # Fraction of domain in Y direction the temperature gradient should be linear # over. gradient_width_frac = 0.08 # Width of the temperature gradient around the center sin wave. Default value # is relative to a 500km domain in Y. gradient_width_dist = 40e3 # Salinity of the water in the entire domain. salinity = 35.0 # Coriolis parameter for entire domain. coriolis_parameter = -1.2e-4
All units are mks, with temperature in degrees Celsius and salinity in PSU.
ocean/internal_wave/default is the default version of the
internal wave test case for a short (15 min) test run and validation of
prognostic variables for regression testing.
Since mixing is a strong function of horizontal viscosity, this test case performs
20-day integrations of the model forward in time at 5 different values of the viscosity (with steps
Results of these tests have been used
to show that MPAS-Ocean has lower spurious dissipation of reference potential
energy (RPE) than POP, MOM and MITgcm models
(Petersen et al. 2015).
This test is identical to
ocean/internal_wave/default except that the duration is 10 days.