Waldmann, Daniel and Muerth, Markus and Mauser, Wolfram
Design and implementation of the land surface model NaturalEnvironment within the generic framework OpenDanubia for integrative, distributed environmental modelling.
International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs), 1. - 5. Juli 2012, Leipzig, Deutschland.
The project GLOWA-Danube (http://www.glowa-danube.de) aimed at
investigating the manifold consequences of Global Change on regional water
resources in the Upper Danube Basin. In order to achieve this task, an
interdisciplinary, university-based network of experts developed the integrative
Decision Support System OpenDanubia (OD). The common base for implementing
and coupling the various scientific model components is a generic framework,
which provides the coordination of the coupled models that run in parallel
exchanging iteratively data via their interfaces. The OD framework takes care of
technical aspects, such as ordered data exchange between sub-models, data
aggregation, data output, model parallelization and data distribution over the
network, which means that model developers do not have to be concerned about
complexities evolving from coupling their models.
Within this framework the sub-model NaturalEnvironment, representing a land
surface model, was developed and implemented. The object-oriented design of this
sub-model facilitates a plain, logical representation of the actual physical processes
simulated by the sub-model. Physical processes to be modelled are organized in
naturally ordered, exchangeable lists that are executed on each spatial
computation unit for each modelling time step, depending on their land cover. The
type of land cover to be simulated on each freely defined spatial unit is
distinguished by one of the three types aquatic, terrestrial and glacier. Additionally,
the type terrestrial is influenced by dynamic land use changes which can be
triggered e.g. by the socio-economic OD sub-model Farming.
This paper presents the basic design of the open source (GPL'ed) OD framework
and highlights the implementation of the sub-model NaturalEnvironment within this
framework, as well as its interactions with other components included in OD.