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On this page we list the necessary modifications to GEOS-Chem for MERRA compatibility.
 
On this page we list the necessary modifications to GEOS-Chem for MERRA compatibility.
  

Revision as of 20:14, 13 April 2011

On this page we list the necessary modifications to GEOS-Chem for MERRA compatibility.

Overview

The GMAO MERRA data product is a 30-year reanalysis done with the GEOS-5.2.0 assimilation system. Therefore, within GEOS-Chem we can (for the most part) treat MERRA in the same way as we do for the GEOS-5 meteorology.

However, in order to reduce the volume of data produced (and for other technical concerns), GMAO chose to reduce the vertical and/or horizontal resolution of some important MERRA data fields. Also, some MERRA data fields have different units than in the GEOS-5 product. Because of this, some additional special handling may be required within GEOS-Chem.

Key similarities to GEOS-5

The following aspects of MERRA are identical to the GEOS-5 operational data product.

  1. The MERRA high-resolution grid (0.5° x 0.666°) is identical to that of GEOS-5.
  2. The MERRA vertical grid (72 hybrid levels) is identical to that of GEOS-5.
  3. By and large, the same data fields that were in the GEOS-5 product are also contained in MERRA.

Key differences from GEOS-5

The following aspects of MERRA differ from the GEOS-5 operational data product:

  1. The MERRA temporal resolution differs from GEOS-5 as follows:
    • Surface data: hourly averages (MERRA) vs. 3-hour averages (GEOS-5)
    • 3-D data: 3-hour averages (MERRA) vs. 6-hour averages (GEOS-5)
  2. Differences in individual MERRA met fields:
    • Most of the relevant MERRA 3-D data for GEOS-Chem are only available at 1° x 1.25° horizontal resolution.
    • OMEGA, PV, RH are 6-hr instantaneous data in MERRA but are 6-hr averaged data in GEOS-5
    • SNOMAS (snow mass) in MERRA was missing coverage over Antarctica and Greenland (this has been corrected for).
    • Many of the precipitation fields (e.g. DQIDTMST, DQVDTMST, DQLDTMST, etc.) are saved on a 1.25° x 1.25° x 42 pressure levels instead of 72 hybrid levels. P -> hybrid interpolation is necessary.
    • The MERRA fields FRLAKE, FRLAND, FRLANDIC, FROCEAN, PHIS are time-invariant.

Required coding changes in GEOS-Chem

As noted in the section above, the similarities between GEOS-5 and MERRA (especially of the vertical grids) means that in most cases we can just treat MERRA in the same way as for GEOS-5. In many areas of the code, the coding changes are straightforward and simply involve an extension of C-preprocessor statements such as:

#if defined( GEOS_5 )

to

#if defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA ) 

In other areas of GEOS-Chem the changes are more involved. Below we provide a description of the areas of GEOS-Chem that were modified for MERRA:

Headers directory

The following modifications for MERRA were made in the Headers/ directory:

File Modifications made
define.h
  • Add a new C-preprocessor switch named "MERRA".
CMN_SIZE
  • Added size parameters for MERRA 4 x 5 and MERRA 2 x 2.5 grids.

GeosUtil directory

The following modifications for MERRA were made in the GeosUtil/ directory:

File Modifications made
bpch2_mod.f
  • In routine GET_MODELNAME: Add "MERRA_47L" and "MERRA" modelnames to the #if block
  • In routine GET_NAME_EXT: Return grid name "geos5" for MERRA fields
directory_mod.f
  • Added MERRA_DIR variable for MERRA met fields
file_mod.f
  • Add IU_A1 parameter for logical unit # of MERRA 1hr time avg'd data
  • In routine CLOSE_FILES: Now close the IU_A1 logical unit #
pressure_mod.f
  • In routine GET_PRESSURE: Compute PEDGE for MERRA in the same way as for GEOS-5
  • In routine INIT_PRESSURE: Initialize Ap and Bp for MERRA in the same way as for GEOS-5
time_mod.f
  • Add variable CT_A1
  • Add routines SET_CT_A1 and GET_CT_A1
  • Add routine ITS_TIME_FOR_A1
  • Update comments in various places
transfer_mod.f
  • Change instances of #if defined( GEOS_5 )   to   #if defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA )

GeosCore directory

The following modifications for MERRA were made in the GeosCore/ directory:

File Modifications made
acetone_mod.f
  • In routine OCEAN_SOURCE_ACET: Compute the ocean source of acetone for MERRA in the same way as for GEOS-5.
    (NOTE: We may need to eventually rescale this.)
convection_mod.f
  • In routine DO_CONVECTION: Call DO_MERRA_CONVECTION from within a parallel loop
  • Add new routine DO_MERRA_CONVECTION, based on the column code
dao_mod.f
  • Add the following allocatable arrays for MERRA: DQRCU, DQRLSAN, FRSEAICE, FRSNO, PFICU, PFILSAN, PFLCU, PFLLSAN, PREANV, PRELSC, RH1, RH2, REEVAPCN, REEVAPLS, SEAICE{00..90}
  • In routine COPY_I6_FIELDS: Rewrote #if block for clarity; Now copy MERRA RH fields
  • In routine INIT_DAO: Initialize MERRA met field arrays
  • In routine IS_ICE: Changed #if block line to #elif defined( GEOS_4 ) || defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA )
  • In routine IS_LAND: Changed #if block line to #elif defined( GEOS_4 ) || defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA )
  • In routine IS_NEAR: Rewrote logic of #if block for clarity
  • In routine IS_WATER: Changed #if block line to #elif defined( GEOS_4 ) || defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA )
  • In routine INTERP: Rewrite #if block logic for clarity
  • In routine CLEANUP_DAO: Deallocate MERRA met field arrays
depo_mercury_mod.f
  • Change instances of #if defined( GEOS_5 )   to   #if defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA )
diag3.f
  • Modify ND66 diagnostic to divide by proper # of increments (i.e. every 3 hours)
  • Modify ND67 diagnostic to divide by proper # of increments (i.e. every hour)
dust_mod.f
  • Change instances of #if defined( GEOS_5 )   to   #if defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA )
  • Convert SNOMAS from mm H2O to m H2O in SRC_DUST_DEAD
dust_dead_mod.f
  • Assign parameter FLX_MSS_FDG_FCT = 4.9d-4 for both MERRA and GEOS-5.
    (NOTE: We may need to eventually rescale this.)
fast_j.f
  • Do cloud overlapping for MERRA the same way as for GEOS-5
gamap_mod.f
  • In routine INIT_TRACERINFO:
    1. Define units of CMFMC field w/ same units as GEOS-5
    2. For ND28 diagnostic, only print out SOA tracers to "tracerinfo.dat" if LSOA=T
global_ch4_mod.f
  • Change instances of #if defined( GEOS_5 )   to   #if defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA )
global_hno3_mod.f
  • Change instances of #if defined( GEOS_5 )   to   #if defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA )
global_o3_mod.f
  • Rewrote logic of #if block, now treat MERRA in the same way as GEOS-5
initialize.f
  • Now also reset the counter for A1 timesteps by calling routine  SET_CT_A1( RESET=.TRUE. )   from time_mod.f
input_mod.f
  • In routine READ_SIMULATION_MENU: Read value for MERRA_DIR from input.geos file
  • In routine READ_EMISSIONS_MENU: Turn off LMEGANMONO when LMEGAN is turned off
land_mercury_mod.f
  • Change instances of #if defined( GEOS_5 )   to   #if defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA )
lightning_nox_mod.f
  • In routine LIGHTNING: Eliminate the shallow-cloud inhibititon trap for MERRA, as we already do for GEOS-5
  • In routine GET_OTD_LIS_SCALE: Compute ANN_AVG_FLASHRATE for MERRA in the same way as for GEOS-5.
    (NOTE: We may have to rescale this in the future.)
Makefile
  • Added dependencies for merra_cn_mod.f
  • Added dependencies for merra_a1_mod.f
  • Added dependencies for merra_a3_mod.f
  • Added dependencies for merra_i6_mod.f
main.f
  • Rewrote #if block logic where met fields are read in from disk
  • Read RH from disk, in the same way as for GEOS-5.
    (NOTE: MERRA RH is a 6-hr instantaneous field; GEOS-5 RH is 6-hr average field.)
  • Now calls routines from merra_cn_mod.f, merra_a1_mod.f, merra_a3_mod.f, merra_i6_mod.f to read in met data
  • Now compute lightning emissions every 3 hours (immediately after reading in the A3 fields).
megan_mod.f
  • At top of module:
    1. Move the #include "CMN_SIZE" declaration to top of module
    2. For MERRA only: define DAY_DIM parameter = 24 for hourly temperature data
    3. For all other met data: define DAY_DIM parameter = 8 for 3-hourly temperature data
  • In routine INIT_MEGAN:
    1. For MERRA only: call routines OPEN_MERRA_A1_FIELDS and READ_MERRA_A1_FIELDS every hour
    2. For all other met data: call routines OPEN_A3_FIELDS and READ_A3_FIELDS every 3 hours
    3. Now only read NUM_DAYS of initial sfc temp data instead of 15 days
mercury_mod.f
  • Change instances of #if defined( GEOS_5 )   to   #if defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA )
merra_a1_mod.f
  • New module. Reads in the MERRA 1-hour time-averaged (aka "A1") fields from disk.
merra_a3_mod.f
  • New module. Reads in the MERRA 3-hour time-averaged (aka "A3") fields from disk.
merra_cn_mod.f
  • New module. Reads in the MERRA constant (aka "CN") fields from disk.
merra_i6_mod.f
  • New module. Reads in the MERRA 6-hour instantaneous (aka "I6") fields from disk.
nei2005_anthro_mod.f
  • Change instances of #if defined( GEOS_5 )   to   #if defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA )
schem.f
  • Change instances of #if defined( GEOS_5 )   to   #if defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA )
sulfate_mod.f
  • Change instances of #if defined( GEOS_5 )   to   #if defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA )
tagged_co_mod.f
  • Change instances of #if defined( GEOS_5 )   to   #if defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA )
tracer_mod.f
  • Change instances of #if defined( GEOS_5 )   to   #if defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA )
upbdflx_mod.f
  • Change instances of #if defined( GEOS_5 )   to   #if defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA )
vdiff_mod.f90
  • Change instances of #if defined( GEOS_5 )   to   #if defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA )
wetscav_mod.f
  • We are rewriting this module to implement a new wet scavenging algorithm. The new algorithm will define the preciptation parameters directly from the MERRA met fields, rather than using the existing parameterization.

GeosTomas directory

The following modifications for MERRA were made in the GeosTomas/ directory:

File Modifications made
Makefile
  • Added dependencies for merra_cn_mod.f
  • Added dependencies for merra_a1_mod.f
  • Added dependencies for merra_a3_mod.f
  • Added dependencies for merra_i6_mod.f
diag3.f
  • Modify ND66 diagnostic to divide by proper # of increments (i.e. every 3 hours)
  • Modify ND67 diagnostic to divide by proper # of increments (i.e. every hour)
dust_mod.f
  • Change instances of #if defined( GEOS_5 )   to   #if defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA )
gamap_mod.f
  • In routine INIT_TRACERINFO:
    1. Define units of CMFMC field w/ same units as GEOS-5
    2. For ND28 diagnostic, only print out SOA tracers to "tracerinfo.dat" if LSOA=T
input_mod.f
  • In routine READ_SIMULATION_MENU: Read value for MERRA_DIR from input.geos file
  • In routine READ_EMISSIONS_MENU: Turn off LMEGANMONO when LMEGAN is turned off
sulfate_mod.f
  • Change instances of #if defined( GEOS_5 )   to   #if defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA )
wetscav_mod.f
  • Change instances of #if defined( GEOS_5 )   to   #if defined( GEOS_5 ) || defined( MERRA )

--Bob Y. 11:07, 23 September 2010 (EDT)

Resolved issues

Fractional sea ice

In order to preserve some information about sea ice leads during the regridding process, we have binned the fractional sea ice coverage into deciles (0-10%, 10-20% ... 90-100% coverage) and saved those as separate fields in the MERRA data archive for GEOS-Chem. Please see this wiki post for more information.

SNOMAS

The SNOMAS (snow depth) field in MERRA differs from that in GEOS-5. It appears that in GEOS-5 a default snow mass value was applied to grid boxes that had > 90% land ice coverage. This was not done in MERRA. Bob Yantosca has implemented an algorithm to adjust the MERRA SNOMAS field to be backwards-compatible with GEOS-5.

Outstanding issues

Dust emissions

The dust emissions in GEOS-Chem rely on "tunable parameters" to scale the dust emissions to a specified total. This is because the dust emissions are very highly dependent on the surface winds, and a small difference in winds (e.g. from GEOS-5 to MERRA) can cause a huge difference in dust emission flux.

As a first cut, GEOS-Chem currently uses the same dust emission parameters as GEOS-5. We will have to "retune" the dust emissions once we have archived several years of MERRA met data to disk.

Lightning

For the time being, GEOS-Chem/MERRA will read in the same the OTD/LIS redistribution factors as for GEOS-5. MERRA is based on GEOS-5.2.0, so this should be OK for a first-cut.

However, for proper treatment, the OTD/LIS redistribution factors for MERRA will be rescaled for the entire OTD/LIS observation period. This cannot be done until we have processed and regridded several years of MERRA met data.

Wet deposition and scavenging

We are currently implementing the following new algorithms to take advantage of the precipitation fields from the MERRA met archive:

  1. New wet deposition scheme for large-scale and anvil precipitation
  2. New scheme for scavenging of soluble tracer in convective updraft

Acetone ocean source

As a first cut, the ocean source of acetone for MERRA (computed in routine OCEAN_SOURCE_ACET in acetone_mod.f) is computed in the same way as for GEOS-5. The following #if block was based on the GEOS-5 code:

#elif defined( MERRA )

      !%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
      !%%% NOTE: Treat MERRA in the same way as GEOS-5, although    %%%
      !%%% we may want to rescale this in the future (bmy, 8/13/10) %%%
      !%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

#if defined( GRID4x5 )
      REAL*8, PARAMETER :: SCALE_FACTOR = 0.9551d0   ! MERRA 4x5
#elif defined( GRID2x25 )
      REAL*8, PARAMETER :: SCALE_FACTOR = 0.2212d0   ! MERRA 2x25
#endif

At some point we may need to rescale this. However this cannot be done until we have sufficient MERRA met fields processed and regridded.

--Bob Y. 14:37, 3 September 2010 (EDT)