An adaptive reduction algorithm for efficient chemical calculations in global atmospheric chemistry models
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Le Sager, Philippe
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CitationSantillana, Mauricio, Philippe Le Sager, Daniel J. Jacob, and Michael P. Brenner. 2010. An Adaptive Reduction Algorithm for Efficient Chemical Calculations in Global Atmospheric Chemistry Models. Atmospheric Environment 44, no. 35: 4426–4431. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2010.07.044.
AbstractWe present a computationally efficient adaptive method for calculating the time evolution of the concentrations of chemical species in global 3-D models of atmospheric chemistry. Our strategy consists of partitioning the computational domain into fast and slow regions for each chemical species at every time step. In each grid box, we group the fast species and solve for their concentration in a coupled fashion. Concentrations of the slow species are calculated using a simple semi-implicit formula. Separation of species between fast and slow is done on the fly based on their local production and loss rates. This allows for example to exclude short-lived volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and their oxidation products from chemical calculations in the remote troposphere where their concentrations are negligible, letting the simulation determine the exclusion domain and allowing species to drop out individually from the coupled chemical calculation as their production/loss rates decline. We applied our method to a 1-year simulation of global tropospheric ozone-NOx-VOC-aerosol chemistry using the GEOS-Chem model. Results show a 50% improvement in computational performance for the chemical solver, with no significant added error.
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