Computationally efficient parameter estimation for high-dimensional ocean biogeochemical models Journal Article uri icon



  • Abstract. Biogeochemical (BGC) models are widely used in ocean simulations for a range of applications, but typically include parameters that are determined based on a combination of empiricism and convention. Here, we describe and demonstrate an optimization-based parameter estimation method for ocean BGC models with large numbers of uncertain parameters. Our computationally efficient method combines the respective benefits of global and local optimization techniques and enables simultaneous parameter estimation at multiple ocean locations using multiple state variables. We demonstrate the method for a 17-state-variable BGC model with 51 uncertain parameters, where a one-dimensional physical model is used to represent vertical mixing. We perform a twin-simulation experiment to test the accuracy of the method in recovering known parameters. We then use the method to simultaneously match multi-variable observational data collected at sites in the subtropical North Atlantic and Pacific. We examine the effects of different objective functions, increasing levels of data sparsity, and the choice of state variables used during the optimization. We end with a discussion of how the method can be applied to other BGC models, ocean locations, and mixing representations.;

publication date

  • June 15, 2023

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Date in CU Experts

  • June 21, 2023 4:08 AM

Full Author List

  • Kern S; McGuinn ME; Smith KM; Pinardi N; Niemeyer KE; Lovenduski NS; Hamlington PE

author count

  • 7

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