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https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-2883
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-2883
02 Jan 2024
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StraitFlux – Precise computations of Water Strait fluxes on various Modelling Grids

Susanna Winkelbauer, Michael Mayer, and Leopold Haimberger

Abstract. Oceanic transports shape the global climate, but the evaluation and validation of this key quantity based on reanalysis and model data is complicated by the distortion of the used curvilinear ocean model grids towards their displaced north poles. Combined with the large number of different grid types, this has made the exact calculation of oceanic transports a challenging and time-consuming task. Use of data on standard latitude/longitude grids is not an option since transports computed from those are not mass consistent. We present two methods for transport calculations on grids with variously shifted north poles, different orientations, and different Arakawa partitions. The first method calculates net transports through arbitrary sections using line integrals, while the second method generates cross-sections of the vertical-horizontal planes of these sections using vector projection algorithms. Apart from the input data on the original model grids the user only needs to specify the start and end points of the required section to get the net transports (with both methods) and their integrand (for the second method). This allows to calculate oceanic fluxes through almost arbitrary sections, to compare them with observed oceanic volume and energy transports at available sections such as the RAPID array or at Fram strait and other Arctic gateways, or to compare them amongst reanalyses and to model integrations from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Projects (CMIP).

We implemented our methods in a Python package called StraitFlux. This paper represents its scienfic documentation and demonstrates its application on outputs of multiple CMIP6 models and several ocean reanalyses. We also analyse the robustness and computational performance of the tools as well as the uncertainties of the results. The package is available on github and zenodo and can be installed using pypi.

Susanna Winkelbauer, Michael Mayer, and Leopold Haimberger

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Susanna Winkelbauer, Michael Mayer, and Leopold Haimberger
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Oceanic transports shape the global climate, but the evaluation and validation of this key quantity based on reanalysis and model data is complicated by the distortion of the used modelling grids and the large number of different grid-types. We present two new methods that allow to calculate oceanic fluxes of volume, heat, salinity and ice through almost arbitrary sections for various models and reanalyses, independent of the used modelling grids.