Articles | Volume 14, issue 5
Geosci. Model Dev., 14, 2289–2316, 2021
Geosci. Model Dev., 14, 2289–2316, 2021
Development and technical paper
03 May 2021
Development and technical paper | 03 May 2021

Extending legacy climate models by adaptive mesh refinement for single-component tracer transport: a case study with ECHAM6-HAMMOZ (ECHAM6.3-HAM2.3-MOZ1.0)

Yumeng Chen et al.

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Mesh adaptivity can reduce overall model error by only refining meshes in specific areas where it us necessary in the runtime. Here we suggest a way to integrate mesh adaptivity into an existing Earth system model, ECHAM6, without having to redesign the implementation from scratch. We show that while the additional computational effort is manageable, the error can be reduced compared to a low-resolution standard model using an idealized test and relatively realistic dust transport tests.