TITLE

Modeling Sea Ice Transport Using Incremental Remapping

AUTHOR(S)
Lipscomb, William H.; Hunke, Elizabeth C.
PUB. DATE
June 2004
SOURCE
Monthly Weather Review;Jun2004, Vol. 132 Issue 6, p1341
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Sea ice models contain transport equations for the area, volume, and energy of ice and snow in various thickness categories. These equations typically are solved with first-order-accurate upwind schemes, which are very diffusive; with second-order-accurate centered schemes, which are highly oscillatory; or with more sophisticated second-order schemes that are computationally costly if many quantities must be transported [e.g., multidimensional positive-definite advection transport algorithm (MPDATA)]. Here an incremental remapping scheme, originally designed for horizontal transport in ocean models, is adapted for sea ice transport. This scheme has several desirable features: it preserves the monotonicity of both conserved quantities and tracers; it is second-order accurate except where the accuracy is reduced locally to preserve monotonicity; and it efficiently solves the large number of equations in sea ice models with multiple thickness categories and tracers. Remapping outperforms the first-order upwind scheme and basic MPDATA scheme in several simple test problems. In realistic model runs, remapping is less diffusive than the upwind scheme and about twice as fast as MPDATA.
ACCESSION #
13416892

 

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