The researchers in Akvaplan-niva collect and analyse data from the coastal environment and we develop and use high-resolution coastal circulation models as a tool to understand the human impact. Our main area of interest is the Norwegian coast, but we also use our ocean models to study the coastal ocean in the Arctic and Antarctic.
High-resolution atmospheric data is added to force the ocean circulations models. Using MPI parallel applications, it is safe to say that the models require lots of calculating resources and the project used 9 million CPU hours in 2020 alone. The large amounts of model data and simulations also need to be safely stored. During a typical run, they produce 100 files of 100 GB each.