Also known as S model
Model type Modular
Model part of larger framework
Note on status model
Date note status model
Incorporated models or components:
Spatial dimensions
Spatial extent
Model domain Marine
One-line model description 3D primitive equation ocean model
Extended model description SYMPHONIE is a three-dimensional primitive equations coastal ocean model

physical oceanography,

Name Patrick Marsaleix
Type of contact Model developer
Institute / Organization Laboratoire d'Aérologie
Postal address 1 14 avenue Edouard Belin
Postal address 2
Town / City Toulouse
Postal code 31400
Country France
Email address
Phone +33 5 61 33 27 77
Fax +33 5 61 33 27 90

Supported platforms
Other platform
Programming language

Fortran77, Fortran90

Other program language
Code optimized
Multiple processors implemented
Nr of distributed processors
Nr of shared processors
Start year development 1993
Does model development still take place? Yes
If above answer is no, provide end year model development
Code development status Active
When did you indicate the 'code development status'? 2020
Model availability As code
Source code availability
(Or provide future intension)
Through web repository
Source web address
Source csdms web address
Program license type Other
Program license type other --
Memory requirements A few Gb
Typical run time A few days for annual runs

Describe input parameters wind, air temperature, humidity, pressure, solar and infrared radiation. Oceanic fields from OGCM for initial and boundary conditions
Input format Binary
Other input format
Describe output parameters temperature, salinity, current 3D fields. Air/sea fluxes
Output format Binary
Other output format NetCDF
Pre-processing software needed? No
Describe pre-processing software
Post-processing software needed? No
Describe post-processing software
Visualization software needed? Yes
If above answer is yes
Other visualization software software developed by the group. Can also be processed by the ROMS tools via Matlab

Describe processes represented by the model Free surface, generalized s coordinate model. Classical representation of oceanic processes (tides, wind circulation, density driven circulation ...). Coupling with sediment transport and biogeochemistry
Describe key physical parameters and equations Primitive equations.Non hydrostatic version available.

Sediment transport : cohesive (Partheniades) and non cohesive (Smith and Mac Lean). Biogeochemistry : cycle of C,N,P,Si

Describe length scale and resolution constraints --
Describe time scale and resolution constraints CFL criterium
Describe any numerical limitations and issues --

Describe available calibration data sets [[Describe available calibration data::Validation was done using several fields experiment (see publications on]]
Upload calibration data sets if available:
Describe available test data sets For example : Test of the non-hydrostatic version with water tank experiments.
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Describe ideal data for testing

Do you have current or future plans for collaborating with other researchers? we have collaborations with people from the field and modellers which use our model
Is there a manual available? Yes
Upload manual if available:
Model website if any
Model forum / discussion board


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OpenMI compliant No but possible
BMI compliant No but possible
WMT component No but possible
PyMT component
Is this a data component
Can be coupled with:
Model info
Patrick Marsaleix
Nr. of publications: 21
Total citations: 747
h-index: 11
m-quotient: 0.27
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Nr. of publications: 21
Total citations: 747
h-index: 11
m-quotient: 0.27

Featured publication(s)YearModel describedType of ReferenceCitations
Marsaleix, P.; Auclair, F.; Estournel, C.; 2006. Considerations on Open Boundary Conditions for Regional and Coastal Ocean Models. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 23, 1604–1613. 10.1175/JTECH1930.1
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2006 Symphonie
Model overview 87
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