Implementation and evaluation of an array of chemical solvers in a global chemical transport model

P. Eller, K. Singh, A. Sandu, K. Bowman, D. K. Henze, M. Lee
2009 Geoscientific Model Development Discussions  
This paper discusses the implementation and performance of an array of gas-phase chemistry solvers for the state-of-the-science GEOS-Chem global chemical transport model. The implementation is based on the Kinetic PreProcessor (KPP). Two perl parsers automatically generate the needed interfaces between GEOS-Chem and KPP, and allow access to the chemical simulation code without any additional programming effort. This work illustrates the potential of KPP to positively impact global chemical
more » ... lobal chemical transport modeling by providing additional functionality as follows. (1) The user can select a highly efficient numerical integration method from an array of solvers available in the KPP library. (2) KPP offers extreme flexibility for studies that involve changing the chemical mechanism (e.g., a set of additional reactions is automatically translated into efficient code and incorporated into a modified global model). (3) This work provides immediate access to tangent linear, continuous adjoint, and discrete adjoint chemical models, with applications to sensitivity analysis and data assimilation.
doi:10.5194/gmdd-2-185-2009 fatcat:7o4vfyabqjc7dgtq5xrkgtwxuq