Explore the test cases



The complete and up-to-date set of test cases is available on NEMO test cases repository.
Download it directly into the ./tests root directory with
$ git clone http://github.com/NEMO-ocean/NEMO-examples


The compilation of the test cases is very similar to the manner the reference configurations are compiled. If you are not familiar on how to compile NEMO, it is first recomended to read the instructions.

As the reference configurations are compiled with -r option, test cases can be compiled by the use of makenemo with -a option.
Here an example to compile a copy named WAD2 of the wetting and drying test case (WAD):
$ ./makenemo -n 'WAD2' -a 'WAD' -m 'my_arch' -j '4'

Run and analysis

There no requirement of specific input file for the test_cases presented here. The XIOS xml input files and namelist are already setup correctly. For detailed description and Jupyter notebook, the reader is directed on the NEMO test cases repository

The description below is a brief advertisement of some test cases.

List of test cases



This test case illustrates the propagation of an anticyclonic eddy over a Beta plan and a flat bottom. It is implemented here with an online refined subdomain (1:3) out of which the vortex propagates. It serves as a benchmark for quantitative estimates of nesting errors as in [T1], [T2] or [T3]. The animation displays sea surface temperature.



The LOCK EXCHANGE experiment is a classical fluid dynamics experiment that has been adapted by [T4] for testing advection schemes in ocean circulation models. It has been used by several authors including [T5] and [T6]. The LOCK EXCHANGE experiment can in particular illustrate the impact of different choices of numerical schemes and/or subgrid closures on spurious interior mixing. Here the animation of the LOCK_EXCHANGE test case using the advection scheme FCT4 (forth order) for tracer and ubs for dynamics.



The OVERFLOW experiment illustrates the impact of different choices of numerical schemes and/or subgrid closures on spurious interior mixing close to bottom topography. The OVERFLOW experiment is adapted from the non-rotating overflow configuration described in [T4] and further used by [T6]. Here the animation of the OVERFLOW test case in sigma coordinate with the fourth-order advection scheme FCT4.



A set of simple closed basin geometries for testing the Wetting and drying capabilities. Examples range from a closed channel with EW linear bottom slope to a parabolic EW channel with a Gaussian ridge. Here the animation of the test case 7. This test case is a simple linear slope with a mid-depth shelf with an open boundary forced with a sinusoidally varying ssh. This test case has been introduced to emulate a typical coastal application with a tidally forced open boundary with an adverse SSH gradient that, when released, creates a surge up the slope. The parameters are chosen such that the surge rises above sea-level before falling back and oscillating towards an equilibrium position.



The “DOME” experiment (DOME: Dynamics of Overflow Mixing and Entrainment) is often used to assess numerical models in the overflow context. The reader is referred to [T7] for a complete description of the setup which is a simplified representation of the Denmark strait overflow. A geostrophically balanced inflow of 7.8 Sv with a buoyancy anomaly ∆𝑏 = 0.019 𝑚 𝑠−2 is imposed at the Northern boundary of the 600 m deep inlet, which ultimately creates a westward gravity current along a constant 1% slope.

This configuration enlightens the impact of numerical mixing in setting the final depth of the buoyant plume. Different vertical coordinate choices lead, in particular, to significantly different results which has been used to test the “vertical nesting” strategy with AGRIF. The animation above displays the evolution of a passive tracer at the bottom, injected with a value of 1 at the northern boundary. The darker region is an embedded 1:2 refinement with terrain-following vertical coordinates while the rest of the domain has geopotential vertical coordinates.



The purpose of this test case is to evaluate the impact of various schemes and new development with the iceshelf cavities circulation and melt. This configuration served as initial assesment of the ice shelf module in [T8] and [T9]. The figure (meridional overturning circulation) illustrates the circulation generated after 10000 days by the ice shelf melting (ice pump).



This test case illustrates the advection of an ice patch across an East/West and North/South periodic channel over a slab ocean (i.e. one ocean layer), and with an AGRIF zoom (1:3) in the center. The purpose of this configuration is to test the advection of the ice patch in and across the AGRIF boundary. One can either impose ice velocities or ice-atm. Stresses and let rheology define velocities (see README for details)


This test case illustrates the advection of an ice patch across an East/West and North/South periodic channel over a slab ocean (i.e. one ocean layer). The configuration is similar to ICE_AGRIF, except for the AGRIF zoom. The purpose of this configuration is to test the advection schemes available in the sea-ice code (for now, Prather and Ultimate-Macho from 1st to 5th order), especially the occurence of overshoots in ice thickness.


This experiment is the classical [T10] test case, which has been used in [T11], and in which very specific shapes of ice concentration, thickness and volume converge toward the center of a basin. Convergence is unidirectional (in x) while fields are homogeneous in y. The purpose of this configuration is to test the caracteristics of advection schemes available in the sea-ice code (for now, Prather and Ultimate-Macho from 1st to 5th order), especially the constitency between concentration, thickness and volume, and the preservation of initial shapes.


Test ice rheologies. A complete descroption of this test case can be found here



The CANAL test case is a simple configuration which size and basic characteristics can be directly changed trough the namelist. It comes with several boundary condition (closed, east-west periodic, bi-periodic), several initial states and associated geostrophic currents (zonal jets or vortex). It is very convenient to test/illustrate the impact of the different numerical schemes available in NEMO.


Benchmark configuration. Allow to run any configuration (including ORCA type or BDY) with idealized grid and initial state so it does not need any input file other than the namelists. As usual, all configuration changes can be done through the namelist. We provide 3 examples of namelist_cfg to mimic ORCA1, OR025 or ORCA12 configurations. By default do not produce any output file. An extensive description of BENCH is abailable in [T12].


This test case checks the OASIS interface in OCE/SBC, allowing to set up a coupled configuration through OASIS. See CPL_OASIS/README.md for more information.


This is a demonstrator of diagnostic DIAHSB ported to GPU using CUDA Fortran. Memory communications between host and device are asynchronous given the device has that capability. This experiment is target for ORCA2_ICE_PISCES



Use only dynspg_ts to simulate the propagation of an ssh anomaly (cosinus) in a box configuration with flat bottom and jpk=2. This test case is also used to test the performances of the MPI communications at very high frequency.



Donut shaped configuration with open boundary conditions (BDY) along the outer and inner rings. The specific geometry of this test case allows to test the reproducibility of BDY routines according to the MPI domain decomposition (a critical point being the presence of an MPI boundary just along a BDY).


1d (vertical) test case simulating strong convective events in the Northwestern Mediterranean during winter 2013 of the HyMeX/ASICS-MED experiment ([T13]) at the LION buoy. It is used to evaluate the Eddy-Diffusivity-Mass-Flux (EDMF) parameterization of [T14].


1d (vertical) test case at the PAPA station located in the North Pacific Ocean. This buoy is located in a region of weak horizontal advection and is commonly used by the community to validate turbulent closures (see [T15]).



This demonstration test case can be used to perform a sanity test of the SBCBLK interface of NEMO ([T16]). It will test all the bulk-parameterization algorithms using an idealized forcing that includes a wide range of SSX / surface atmospheric state conditions to detect potential errors / inconsistencies. Both a short report and boolean output: passed or failed is provided as an output. See the complete documentation of STATION_ASF test case here


ICB is a very idealized configuration used to test and debug the icb module. The configuration is box with a shallow shelf (40m) on the east and west part of the domain with a deep central trough (> 100m). ICB are generating using the test capability of the icb model along a E-W line (this can easily be tuned).


Square bassin blown with an analytical wind. Vertical structure allows only one mode associated with reduced gravity to develop. This configuration is based on [T17]. Also runs with RK3 time stepping.


The purpose of this test case is to validate the implementation of the Generalized Lagrangian Mean equations for the coupling of NEMO with waves. This test case was first proposed by [T18] and was successively detailed by [T19].



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