Ocean Modeling in the High Desert

Challenges and Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences SPRING 2021 Seminar Series


Ocean Modeling in the High Desert

Mark Petersen, Research Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory

3:55 p.m.–4:55 p.m., February 18, 2021   |   Zoom

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Climate research at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) includes the development of ocean, sea-ice, atmosphere, land-vegetation, and land-ice models. The ability to run high-resolution global simulations efficiently on the world’s largest computers is a priority for the DOE.

In this talk, Mark Peterson, Ph.D., of Los Alamos National Laboratory will describe his experiences as a lead developer for a new variable-resolution ocean model, the Model for Prediction Across Scales (MPAS-Ocean), which is a component of the DOE’s newly released Energy, Exascale, Earth System Model (E3SM). Model components must be thoroughly validated in numerous settings, from idealized domains to real-world simulations. Output is compared to the historical record of satellite and shipboard observations, and other ocean models. Applications of E3SM include the simulation of 20th-century and future climate scenarios, as well as special configurations where model resolution is enhanced in regions of particular interest, like coastal areas, the Arctic, or below Antarctic ice shelves.

Mark Petersen works at the intersection of applied mathematics, oceanography, and high-performance computing. He has been responsible, with others, for MPAS-Ocean development from its inception in 2010, and added new capability so that MPAS-Ocean could simulate ocean flows below ice shelves. His daily work includes designing algorithms, maintaining code, model verification and validation, computational performance, and analyzing output. Mark received a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and joined Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2005. He enjoys playing music, running, and camping with his family in the mountains of New Mexico.

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