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#2310 (bug in timestepping in OFF?) – NEMO

Opened 5 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

Last modified 2 years ago

#2310 closed Bug (fixed)

bug in timestepping in OFF?

Reported by: davestorkey Owned by: davestorkey
Priority: normal Milestone: Unscheduled
Component: OFF Version: v4.0
Severity: minor Keywords: v4.0
Cc: acc


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The OFF module allows you to evolve passive tracers using previously-calculated ocean dynamics fields read in from a file. At each timestep the "now" fields are read in from the file (and possibly time-interpolated) using fld_read. But with the nonlinear free surface, the SSH and cell thicknesses (e3*) are timestepped forward using the "now" horizontal divergence field read in from the file.

The order in which things are done in nemo_gcm (OFF version) is:

  1. Call dta_dyn to read in "now" fields.
  2. Call dta_dyn_ssh to calculate the "after" SSH and e3* fields based on the "now" divergence field.
  3. Call dta_dyn_swp to time-filter and time-swap the SSH field.
  4. Call trc_stp to advance the passive tracers by one timestep.

But I think the order of 3 and 4 is wrong. It means that when trc_stp is called then the "now" SSH field is actually one timestep ahead of the "now" velocity fields. Dta_dyn_swp should be called after trc_stp. This would then be consistent with the order that things are done in stp where the time filtering and time swapping is done *after* the call to trc_stp.





Commit History (2)


Small bug fixes to to initial Euler timestep and OFF timestepping to ensure bit comparison the IMMERSE_first_steps branch with the trunk. Tickets #2310, #2311, #2343 apply.


2019/dev_r10721_KERNEL-02_Storkey_Coward_IMMERSE_first_steps : Merge in changes from branch of branch. Main changes:

  1. "nxt" modules renamed as "atf" and now just do Asselin time filtering. The time level swapping is achieved by swapping indices.
  2. Some additional prognostic grid variables changed to use a time dimension.


  1. This merged branch passes SETTE tests but does not identical results to the SETTE tests with the trunk@10721 unless minor bugs to do with Euler timestepping and the OFF timestepping are fixed in the trunk (NEMO tickets #2310 and #2311).
  2. The nn_dttrc > 1 option for TOP (TOP has a different timestep to OCE) doesn't work. But it doesn't work in the trunk or NEMO 4.0 release either.

Change History (4)

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by davestorkey

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comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by davestorkey

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comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by davestorkey

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

Fixed in trunk @ 12026

comment:4 Changed 2 years ago by nemo

  • Keywords v4.0 added
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