1198 Development of a Three-Dimensional Spectral Element Model for NWP: Idealized Simulations on the Sphere

Wednesday, 25 January 2017
4E (Washington State Convention Center )
Kevin C. Viner, NRL, Monterey, CA; and A. Reinecke, S. Gabersek, D. D. Flagg, J. Doyle, M. Martini, D. R. Ryglicki, J. Michalakes, and F. X. Giraldo

NEPTUNE: the Navy Environmental Prediction sysTem Using the NUMA* corE, is a 3D spectral element atmospheric model composed of a full suite of physics parameterizations and pre- and post-processing infrastructure with plans for data assimilation and coupling components to a variety of Earth-system models. This talk will focus on the initial struggles and solutions in adapting NUMA for stable and accurate integration on the sphere using both the deep atmosphere equations and a newly developed shallow-atmosphere approximation, as demonstrated through idealized test cases. In addition, details of the physics-dynamics coupling methodology will be discussed. NEPTUNE results for test cases from the 2016 Dynamical Core Model Intercomparison Project (DCMIP-2016) will be shown and discussed.

*NUMA: Nonhydrostatic Unified Model of the Atmosphere; Kelly and Giraldo 2012, JCP

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