Geoscientific Model Development A standard test case suite for two-dimensional linear transport on the sphere: results from a collection of state-of-the-art schemes

Abstract : Recently, a standard test case suite for 2-D lin-ear transport on the sphere was proposed to assess im-portant aspects of accuracy in geophysical fluid dynam-ics with a "minimal" set of idealized model configura-tions/runs/diagnostics. Here we present results from 19 state-of-the-art transport scheme formulations based on finite-difference/finite-volume methods as well as emerging (in the context of atmospheric/oceanographic sciences) Galerkin methods. Discretization grids range from traditional regular latitude–longitude grids to more isotropic domain discretiza-tions such as icosahedral and cubed-sphere tessellations of the sphere. The schemes are evaluated using a wide range of diagnostics in idealized flow environments. Accuracy is assessed in single-and two-tracer configurations using con-ventional error norms as well as novel diagnostics designed for climate and climate–chemistry applications. In addition, algorithmic considerations that may be important for com-putational efficiency are reported on. The latter is inevitably computing platform dependent. The ensemble of results from a wide variety of schemes presented here helps shed light on the ability of the test case suite diagnostics and flow settings to discriminate between algorithms and provide insights into accuracy in the context of global atmospheric/ocean modeling. A library of bench-mark results is provided to facilitate scheme intercomparison and model development. Simple software and data sets are made available to facilitate the process of model evaluation and scheme intercomparison.
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P. H. Lauritzen, P. A. Ullrich, C. Jablonowski, P. A. Bosler, D. Calhoun, et al.. Geoscientific Model Development A standard test case suite for two-dimensional linear transport on the sphere: results from a collection of state-of-the-art schemes. Geoscientific Model Development, European Geosciences Union, 2014, 7 (1), pp.105 - 145. ⟨10.5194/gmd-7-105-2014⟩. ⟨hal-01074227⟩

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