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Experimenting with MITgcm

In our OceanDSL research project, we aim to produce Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs) for scientists and technicians to support and ease their work. We learned that through a set of interviews with them that every model uses special self-made tools and methods to configure, build and run models. This makes our effort complicated. Therefore, we need a model which is fairly simple to setup, but covers all typical steps in model setup. We choose MITgcm based on a recommendation of a collaborating scientist.

MITgcm is an earth model including ocean and atmosphere. Before we can use it as a case study in our model user and model developer scenarios, we need to make us familiar with the model.

As a first step, we aimed to play with the examples of the model. Therefore, we created a setup which can run directly on a Linux machine and one to be run in a docker container. We tested both setup with the tutorial examples of MITgcm. Based on the Barotropic Ocean Gyre we created an image of the result of the model run and a video showing intermediate results of the model in an animation.

The single images where generated using Octave (as a free Matlab replacement) and transformed into a video with Mencoder.

 

Barotropic tutorial model result for an rectangular ocean.
Barotropic tutorial model result for an rectangular ocean.

 

 

# Adjust the following path
addpath ADD-HERE-FULL-PATH-TO-THE-MITGCM-MATLAB-SCRIPTS

XC=rdmds('XC'); YC=rdmds('YC');
# Select a proper value. The start value is 0
Eta=rdmds('Eta',0);

contourf(XC/1000,YC/1000,Eta,[-.04:.01:.04]);
colorbar;
colormap((flipud(hot)));
set(gca,'XLim',[0 1200]);
set(gca,'YLim',[0 1200])

The script for the animation looks like this:

# Adjust the following path
addpath ADD-HERE-FULL-PATH-TO-THE-MITGCM-MATLAB-SCRIPTS
XC=rdmds('XC'); YC=rdmds('YC');

# The number of frames depend on your setup
for m = 0:60
  out=["out" num2str(m, "%04d") ".png"];
  # The multiplier depends on your setup
  Eta=rdmds('Eta',1296*m);

  hf = figure ("visible", "off");
  contourf(XC/1000,YC/1000,Eta,[-.04:.01:.04]);
  colorbar;
  colormap((flipud(hot)));
  set(gca,'XLim',[0 1200]);
  set(gca,'YLim',[0 1200]);
  print(hf, out, "-dpng "); 
endfor

Finally, the mencoder call looks like this:

mencoder mf://out????.png -mf fps=2:type=png -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:mbd=2:trell -oac copy -o output.avi

 

Barotropic tutorial model result for an rectangular ocean.
Animation of the example model (click on the image for the animation).

 

The setup is available at https://git.se.informatik.uni-kiel.de/oceandsl/case-study-mitgcm

Original post @ OceanDSL-Homepage

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