Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Novel Analysis Tools for Ocean Biogeochemical Models
by Bardin, Ann Marie, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2014, 203; 3646712
Abstract (Summary)

Ocean general circulation models of the IPCC class have biases even when simulating present-day conditions, which may bring into question their predictions of future conditions. This dissertation is about tools for, and results from assessing biases in the Community Earth System Model (CESM) ocean component, by itself and when combined with the Biological Ecosystem Cycling (BEC) model. Newly developed tools and their applications are listed. 1. An offline matrix tracer transport model for the ocean component of CESM. 2. A fast Newton-Krylov implicit tracer equilibrium solver for both the annually-averaged and the seasonally-varying circulation. 3. An effective preconditioner for the solver simulating radiocarbon. Application results: For a natural radiocarbon simulation, an equilibrium solution was obtained in 23 model-years, a dramatic decrease from the 4000 model-years reported for time-stepping. The modeled circulation in the deep Pacific Ocean produced radiocarbon ages twice those of observations. 4. A capability for computing the surface origin of water mass fractions as well as the age of the various water masses.

Application results: The North Atlantic was the major supplier of ventilated water to not only the Atlantic, but also the Pacific and Indian Oceans. A lack of formation of bottom water in the Southern Ocean was discovered. 5. A capability for restricting the tracer simulation domain to a limited region of the ocean while retaining the effectiveness of advection and diffusion fields on the boundary. This reduces computational costs and allows separating local versus remote impacts of tracer sources on the biogeochemical tracer concentrations. This capability has the potential to provide a platform for further biogeochemical studies.

Application results: The Indian Ocean region was isolated. Global versus regional circulation effects were determined using radiocarbon. Most of the bias within the region was eliminated by using observational, rather than globally calculated values, on the boundaries. Oxygen production and consumption from a CMIP5 BEC simulation were used to drive a regional oxygen model. Boundary values of oxygen from the CMIP5 BEC simulation were replaced with observations, resulting in less bias within the region. However, significant bias in the location of the Arabian Sea oxygen minimum zone remained.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Primeau, Francois W.
Commitee: Martiny, Adam, Moore, Keith, Zender, Charles
School: University of California, Irvine
Department: Earth System Science
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 76/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Physical oceanography, Biological oceanography
Keywords: Global ocean modeling, Implicit solver, Indian ocean, Oxygen minimum zones, Pre-bomb radiocarbon, Water mass analysis
Publication Number: 3646712
ISBN: 9781321367171
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