[MITgcm-support] Choosing Leith biharmonic co-efficient?

Martin Losch Martin.Losch at awi.de
Mon Apr 16 04:16:46 EDT 2018

Hi Jody,

my reference is pkg/mom_common/mom_calc_visc.F where you can find this:

C     viscC2Leith=1-3
C     viscC2LeithD=1-3
C     viscC4Leith=1-3
C     viscC4LeithD=1.5-3
C     viscC2smag=2.2-4 (Griffies and Hallberg,2000)
C               0.2-0.9 (Smagorinsky,1993)
C     viscC4smag=2.2-4 (Griffies and Hallberg,2000)

And I think this is where it is described:
B. Fox-Kemper and D. Menemenlis. Can large eddy simulation techniques improve mesoscale-rich ocean models? In M. Hecht and H. Hasumi, editors, Ocean Modeling in an Eddying Regime, volume 177, pages 319-338. AGU Geophysical Monograph Series, 2008. 


> On 14. Apr 2018, at 22:42, Jody Klymak <jklymak at uvic.ca> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Is there a good reference and/or ruls of thumb for choosing the Leith biharmonic co-efficient? i.e. `viscC4Leith` and `viscC4Leithd`, with particular interest in how the size of the grid affects the choice?  I’m using someone else’s setup, using Leith works great for making the flow look reasonable, but it would be nice if it was turned down as much as possible, particularly when I downscale to a smaller grid size…
> Thanks a lot,   Jody
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