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domain_def_nemo.xml 12.6 KB 9930   3 years smasson trunk: reactivate predefined zoom with xios2, see #2115
field_def_nemo-ice.xml 45.8 KB 10578   3 years clem cosmetics
field_def_nemo-innerttrc.xml 4.3 KB 9539   4 years cetlod dev_merge_2017 : validation of Offline configurations
field_def_nemo-oce.xml 106.4 KB 10645   3 years jamesharle Update variable name for ticket #2233
field_def_nemo-pisces.xml 30.9 KB 10416   3 years aumont Remove LFe from standard PISCES code
grid_def_nemo.xml 1.4 KB 10226   3 years aumont namelist and xml files updated for the sediment module
namelist_ice_ref 17.0 KB 10611   3 years clem go back to regular EVP instead of adaptive EVP because of model crash
namelist_pisces_ref 32.0 KB 10721   3 years cetlod trunk : Minor bugfixes on Offline configurations, see ticket 2251
namelist_ref 102.6 KB 10570   3 years acc Trunk update to implement finer control over the choice of text report …
namelist_top_ref 9.7 KB 10375   3 years aumont Create generic routines for vertical sinking of particles
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Simple style rules for namelists

NEMO reference namelists should adhere to the following simple style rules:

1. Comments outside a namelist block start with !! in column 1
2. Each namelist block starts with 3 lines of the form:

&namblockname        !   short description of block

        with all ! and & 's starting in column 1
3. The closing / for each namelist block is in column 1
4. Comments within namelist blocks never start with !- . Use ! followed
        by space or != etc. 

These conventions make it possible to construct empty configuration namelists.
For example, a namelist_cfg template can be produced from namelist_ref with
the following grep command; e.g.:

grep -E  '^!-|^&|^/' namelist_ref > namelist_cfg.template

head namelist_cfg.template
&namrun        !   parameters of the run
&namcfg        !   parameters of the configuration                     
&namdom        !   time and space domain

If all configuration namelists are produced and maintained using this
strategy then standard, side-by-side comaparators, such as vimdiff or xxdiff,
can be used to compare and transfer lines from the reference namelist to a
configuration namelist when setting up a new configuration.

Tips and tricks

1. The following bash function is useful when checking which namelist blocks
are in active use in a configuration namelist:

  function  list_used_nl(){ grep -n -E '^&|^/' "$1" | sed -e 's/:/ /' \
    | awk ' BEGIN { x = 0 } \
      {if ( NR % 2 == 0 && $1 - x > 2 ) printf("%3d  %s\n", $1 - x , n) ; \
       else x = $1; n = $2}' \
    | sort -k 2;}

which (assuming the namelist adheres to the conventions) will list the number
of entries in each non-empty namelist block. The list is sorted on the block
name to ease comparisons. For example:

  list_used_nl ORCA2_LIM3_PISCES/EXP00/namelist_cfg

  1 &nambbc
  5 &nambbl
  30 &namberg
  10 &namcfg
  4 &namctl
  3 &namdom
  1 &namdrg
  5 &namdyn_adv
  1 &namdyn_hpg
  22 &namdyn_ldf
  1 &namdyn_spg
  5 &namdyn_vor
  3 &nameos
  1 &namhsb
  4 &namrun
  1 &namsbc
  1 &namsbc_blk
  3 &namtra_adv
  28 &namtra_ldf
  10 &namtra_ldfeiv
  25 &namzdf
  3 &namzdf_iwm

2. vimdiff can give garish colours in some terminals. Usually this is because
vim assumes, incorrectly, that the terminal only supports 8 colours. Try forcing
256 colours with:

  :set t_Co=256

to produce more pastel shades (add this to ~/.vimrc if successful).

3. Switching between vsplit panes in vim is a multi-key sequence. The tool is 
much easier to use if the sequence is mapped to a spare key. Here I use the
§ and ± key on my Mac keyboard (add to ~/.vimrc):

  map § ^Wl
  map ± ^Wh 

4. With easy switching between panes, constructing namelists in vimdiff just
requires the following commands in addition to normal editing:

  ]c    - Go to next block of the diff
  dp    - Push version of the block under cursor into the other pane
  do    - Pull version of the block under cursor from the other pane



.. contents::

Output of diagnostics in NEMO is usually done using XIOS.
This is an efficient way of writing diagnostics because the time averaging, file writing and even some simple arithmetic or regridding is carried out in parallel to the NEMO model run.
This page gives a basic introduction to using XIOS with NEMO.
Much more information is available from the XIOS homepage above and from the NEMO manual.

Use of XIOS for diagnostics is activated using the pre-compiler key ``key_iomput``. 

Extracting and installing XIOS

1. Install the NetCDF4 library.
   If you want to use single file output you will need to compile the HDF & NetCDF libraries to allow parallel IO.
2. Download the version of XIOS that you wish to use. The recommended version is now XIOS 2.5:
.. code-block:: console

   $ svn co xios-2.5

and follow the instructions in `XIOS documentation <>`_ to compile it.
   If you find problems at this stage, support can be found by subscribing to the `XIOS mailing list <>`_ and sending a mail message to it. 

XIOS Configuration files

XIOS is controlled using xml input files that should be copied to your model run directory before running the model.
Examples of these files can be found in the reference configurations (``cfgs``). The XIOS executable expects to find a file called ``iodef.xml`` in the model run directory.
In NEMO we have made the decision to use include statements in the ``iodef.xml`` file to include ``field_def_nemo-oce.xml`` (for physics), ``field_def_nemo-ice.xml`` (for ice), ``field_def_nemo-pisces.xml`` (for biogeochemistry) and ``domain_def.xml`` from the /cfgs/SHARED directory.
Most users will not need to modify ``domain_def.xml`` or ``field_def_nemo-???.xml`` unless they want to add new diagnostics to the NEMO code.
The definition of the output files is organized into separate ``file_definition.xml`` files which are included in the ``iodef.xml`` file.


Detached Mode

In detached mode the XIOS executable is executed on separate cores from the NEMO model.
This is the recommended method for using XIOS for realistic model runs.
To use this mode set ``using_server`` to ``true`` at the bottom of the ``iodef.xml`` file:

.. code-block:: xml

   <variable id="using_server" type="boolean">true</variable>

Make sure there is a copy (or link to) your XIOS executable in the working directory and in your job submission script allocate processors to XIOS.

Attached Mode

In attached mode XIOS runs on each of the cores used by NEMO.
This method is less efficient than the detached mode but can be more convenient for testing or with small configurations.
To activate this mode simply set ``using_server`` to false in the ``iodef.xml`` file

.. code-block:: xml

   <variable id="using_server" type="boolean">false</variable>

and don't allocate any cores to XIOS.
Note that due to the different domain decompositions between XIOS and NEMO if the total number of cores is larger than the number of grid points in the j direction then the model run will fail.

Adding new diagnostics

If you want to add a NEMO diagnostic to the NEMO code you will need to do the following:

1. Add any necessary code to calculate you new diagnostic in NEMO
2. Send the field to XIOS using ``CALL iom_put( 'field_id', variable )`` where ``field_id`` is a unique id for your new diagnostics and variable is the fortran variable containing the data.
   This should be called at every model timestep regardless of how often you want to output the field. No time averaging should be done in the model code. 
3. If it is computationally expensive to calculate your new diagnostic you should also use "iom_use" to determine if it is requested in the current model run. For example,
.. code-block:: fortran

      IF iom_use('field_id') THEN
         !Some expensive computation
         iom_put('field_id', variable)

4. Add a variable definition to the ``field_def_nemo-???.xml`` file.
5. Add the variable to the ``iodef.xml`` or ``file_definition.xml`` file.
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