In situ visualisation of Hurricane Katrina

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In situ visualisation of Hurricane Katrina
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Towards in-situ visualization integrated earth system models: RegESM 1.1 regional modelling system - Geoscientific Model Development - The data volume being produced by regional and global multi-component earth system models are rapidly increasing due to the improved spatial and temporal resolution of the model components, sophistication of the used numerical models in terms of represented physical processes and their non-linear complex interactions. In particular, very short time steps have to be defined in multi-component and multi-scale non-hydrostatic modelling systems to represent the evolution of the fast-moving processes such as turbulence, extra-tropical cyclones, convective lines, jet streams, internal waves, vertical turbulent mixing and surface gravity waves. Consequently, the used small time steps cause extra computation and disk I/O overhead in the used modelling system even if today's most powerful high-performance computing and data storage systems are being considered. Analysis of the high volume of data from multiple earth system model components at different temporal and spatial resolution also poses a challenging problem to efficiently perform integrated data analysis of the massive amounts of data by relying on the conventional post-processing methods available today. This study basically aims to explore the feasibility and added value of integrating existing in-situ visualization and data analysis methods with the model coupling framework (ESMF) to increase interoperability between multi-component simulation code and data processing pipelines by providing easy to use, efficient, generic and standardized modeling environment for earth system science applications. The new data analysis approach enables simultaneous analysis of the vast amount of data produced by multi-component regional earth system models (atmosphere, ocean etc.) during the run process. The methodology aims to create an integrated modeling environment for analyzing fast-moving processes and their evolution in both time and space to support better understanding of the underplaying physical mechanisms. The state-of-art approach can also be used to solve common problems in earth system model development workflow such as designing new sub-grid scale parametrizations (convection, air-sea interaction etc.) that requires inspecting the integrated model behavior in a higher temporal and spatial scale during the run or supporting visual debugging of the multi-component modeling systems, which usually are not facilitated by existing model coupling libraries and modeling systems.
Keywords Earth System Model RegESM Hurricane Katrina