Integration of Geographic Information System frameworks into domain discretisation and meshing processes for geophysical models
A. S. Candy1, A. Avdis1, J. Hill1, G. J. Gorman1, and M. D. Piggott1,21Applied Computation and Modelling Group, Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, London, UK 2Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College London, London, UK
Received: 23 May 2014 – Accepted for review: 25 Jul 2014 – Discussion started: 11 Sep 2014
Abstract. Computational simulations of physical phenomena rely on an accurate discretisation of the model domain. Numerical models have increased in sophistication to a level where it is possible to support terrain-following boundaries that conform accurately to real physical interfaces, and resolve a multiscale of spatial resolutions. Whilst simulation codes are maturing in this area, pre-processing tools have not developed significantly enough to competently initialise these problems in a rigorous, efficient and recomputable manner. In the relatively disjoint field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) however, techniques and tools for mapping and analysis of geographical data have matured significantly.
If data provenance and recomputability are to be achieved, the manipulation and agglomeration of data in the pre-processing of numerical simulation initialisation data for geophysical models should be integrated into GIS. A new approach to the discretisation of geophysical domains is presented, and introduced with a verified implementation. This brings together the technologies of geospatial analysis, meshing and numerical simulation models. This platform enables us to combine and build up features, quickly drafting and updating mesh descriptions with the rigour that established GIS tools provide. This, combined with the systematic workflow, supports a strong provenance for model initialisation and encourages the convergence of standards.
Candy, A. S., Avdis, A., Hill, J., Gorman, G. J., and Piggott, M. D.: Integration of Geographic Information System frameworks into domain discretisation and meshing processes for geophysical models, Geosci. Model Dev. Discuss., 7, 5993-6060, doi:10.5194/gmdd-7-5993-2014, 2014.