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Author : Gurvan Madec, Yevgeny Aksenov, Matthieu Leclair

ticket : #665

Branch : DEV_r1837_mass_heat_salt_fluxes

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Revisit the formulation of the fluxes between ocean, ice and atmosphere : an exchange of water (mass exchange) is now explicitly associated with an exchange of heat and salt content. This modification simplifies the implementation of a fully embedded sea-ice.

This update is the NOCS.4 task (Revisit of mass and salt fluxes) due by 2nd July 2010

The main modifications concern OPA, LIM2 and LIM3. They are:

(0) stylistic modification

style changes only have been put in revision 1855.

Nevertheless we have return back to the original revision 1850 from which we start from the trunk. The style changes we be re-added at the end of the development, after the testing phase.

The following is thus done directly from the trunk.

(1) heat content of Freezing/Melting? ice.

In both LIM2 and LIM3, the computation of the heat content of F/M ice is added.

LIM2 : the modules involved in the change are ….

  • ice_2.F90 : add arrays to describe the heat content associated with both snow and ice mass changes

We also change the name of the mass changes. Thus the following lines

   REAL(wp), PUBLIC, DIMENSION(jpi,jpj) ::   rdqsnif       !: Variation of snow mass 
   REAL(wp), PUBLIC, DIMENSION(jpi,jpj) ::   rdqicif       !: Variation of ice  mass 


   REAL(wp), PUBLIC, DIMENSION(jpi,jpj) ::   rdm_snw       !: Variation of snow mass over 1 time step           [Kg/m2]
   REAL(wp), PUBLIC, DIMENSION(jpi,jpj) ::   rdq_snw       !: heat content associated to rdm_snw                [J/m2]
   REAL(wp), PUBLIC, DIMENSION(jpi,jpj) ::   rdq_ice       !: Variation of ice  mass over 1 time step           [Kg/m2]
   REAL(wp), PUBLIC, DIMENSION(jpi,jpj) ::   rdq_ice       !: heat content associated to rdm_snw                [J/m2]
  • thd_ice_2.F90 : associated 1D array names (rdsnif_1d, rdmicif_1d) have been changed into (rdm_snw_1d, rdm_ice_1d) and (rdq_snw_1d, rdq_ice_1d) have been added.
  • limthd_2.F90 : introduce the new variable names, and pass the new variables (rdq_snw, rdq_ice) to the lim_thd_zdf and lim_thd_lac routines

Note 1: we suppress the change of ssit from Celcius to Kelvin and vice versa by adding a " + rt0 " at the 2 places it is used.

Note 2: zfontn has been suppressed as the heat associated with the melting of solid precipitation is now added to qns in sbc modules (=⇒> TO BE DONE in SBC)

  • limthd_lac_2.F90 : introduce the new variable name (rdm_ice), and add the computation of rdq_ice) :
  • limthd_zdf_2.F90 : introduce the new variable names (rdm_snw, rdm_ice), and and add the computation/update of rdq_snw, rdq_ice :
  • phycst.F90 : style changes + :
  • update of name: rau0r =⇒> r1_rau0 ; ro0cpr = r1_rau0_rcp
  • new variable: xlsn = lfus * rhosn (for lim3, already defined in lim2) ; lfus = xlsn / rhosn (for lim2, already defined in lim3)

LIM3 : the modules involved in the change are ….

(2) introduction of a explicit a salt flux

The emps field is suppress by introducing fsalt, the salt flux at the ocean surface (only non zero below sea-ice)

A symmetric name is chosen for the emp : fmass. Indeed emp is a mass flux expressed in Kg/m2/s. its name emp is miss leading: emp does not only represent the Evaporation minus Precipitation budget, as it also include the freezing or melting of sea-ice, and also sometime the runoff. Therefore using fmass appears more meaningful.

in case of linear free surface (no key_vvl defined), the salt flux take into account the concentration/dilution term

(3) Non-solar flux including the heat content of mass exchanges

the definition of qns is modified as follows: the non solar part of the surface heat flux takes now also into account the heat content changes due to the change in volume associated with evaporation, precipitation, ice freezing and ice melting.

(4) Update ocean and ice forcing

the modification of trasbc and limsbc modules in order to take into account the above changes (heat content of water exchanges and explicit salt flux)


  • Philosophical change: in near future it appears that the use of key_vvl should be replaced by key_linssh. In other words, the defaut option of NEMO will be a non-linear free surface (and thus variable volume for the model levels). This has to be discussed prior to its implementation.


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