The ocean/tides test group defines meshes, initial conditions, forward simulations, and validation for global, realistic ocean domains. These are single layer, barotropic simulations forced with tidal potential. Self-attraction and loading effects are included as well as a parameterization for topographic wave drag. Wetting and drying is turned on in these configurations to prevent minimum depth issues. The tidal solution is decomposed into harmonic constituents during the simulation and are compared with the TPXO database. Currently, the icosaheral 7 mesh is supported with more mesh resolutions to be added in the future.

Shared config options

All tides test cases start the following shared config options. Note that meshes and test cases may modify these options, as noted below.

# options for spherical meshes

## config options related to the step for culling land from the mesh
# number of cores to use
cull_mesh_cpus_per_task = 18
# minimum of cores, below which the step fails
cull_mesh_min_cpus_per_task = 1
# maximum memory usage allowed (in MB)
cull_mesh_max_memory = 1000

# for icosahedral meshes, whether to use cell_width to determine the number of
# subdivisions or to use subdivisions directly
icosahedral_method = subdivisions

# options for global ocean testcases

# The following options are detected from .gitconfig if not explicitly entered
author = autodetect
email = autodetect


grid_type = uniform
vert_levels = 1
bottom_depth = 6000

# options for tides testcases

## config options related to the initial_state step
# number of cores to use
init_cores = 36
# minimum of cores, below which the step fails
init_min_cores = 8
# maximum memory usage allowed (in MB)
init_max_memory = 1000
# number of threads
init_threads = 1

## config options related to the forward steps
# number of cores to use
forward_ntasks = 180
# minimum of cores, below which the step fails
forward_min_tasks = 160
# maximum memory usage allowed (in MB)
forward_max_memory = 1000
# number of threads
forward_threads = 1

# TPXO version for validation
tpxo_version = TPXO9

mesh test case

The mesh test case produces the horizontal mesh. The base mesh has global coverage and is culled to remove land cells. Cells beneath ice shelves are retained in the mesh.

init test case

The init test performs steps to set up the vertical mesh, initial conditions, atmospheric forcing, and prepares the station locations for timeseries output.

remap bathymetry step

This step performs an integral remap of bathymetric data onto the MPAS-O mesh

interpolate wave drag step

In this step, a timescale factor from HYCOM data is interpolated onto the MPAS-O mesh to be used in the topographic wave drag parameterization. A plot is also produced to verify the interpolation.

initial state step

The initial state step runs MPAS-Ocean in init mode to create the initial condition file for the forward run. The vertical mesh is setup for a single layer.

forward test case

The forward test case is responsible for the forward model simulation and analysis.

forward step

The forward step runs a 125 day model simulation. The simulation begins with a spinup period, where the tides are ramped to their full value to avoid shocking the system. The harmonic analysis period begins following this spinup period.

analysis step

The analysis step extracts the harmonic constituent amplitude and phase values at each cell center from the TPXO database. The TPXO values are used to compute global, shallow, and deep RMS errors. The global MPAS-O and TPXO solutions are plotted along with the spatial error fields. Below is an example of the type of plots produced for the 5 major constituents.