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Allow fallbacks for failing entity tasks + fallback functions for 'local_t_star' and 'mu_star_calibration' #663

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This PR expands the execute_entity_task decorator with a fallback argument:
If a task fails and cfg.PARAMS['continue_on_error']==True a fallback-function will be executed If provided).

I suggest storing these fallback functions in utils/

Hera also two first fallback functions for climate.local_t_star and climate.mu_star_calibration are included.
local_t_star writes a local_mustar.json to the glacier directory with information on tstar, mustar, and bias. If this task fails but cfg.PARAMS['continue_on_error']==True later tasks like 'mu_star_calibration' would read a possible preexisting json file (e.g. if the same glacier is run several times with different parameter settings).

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commented Jan 11, 2019

Looking good, thanks! I think it should be relatively easy to add a test for this, by setting unrealistic mu_start boundaries and let the run fail, then check that the files are nans. Could you add that?


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commented Jan 14, 2019

After discussion with @fmaussion I removed utils/ and added fallback_local_t_star directly to the climate module. It's a specific fallback function and not a general one.

I also got rid of fallback_mu_star_calibration: It is not really necessary as subsequent tasks will fail anyway, not matter if e.g. local_mustar['mu_star_allsame'] is NaN or does not exist et all. The important part is, that fallback_local_t_star writes and NaN-filled file to the GDir to avoid reuse of a previous run.

@matthiasdusch matthiasdusch merged commit d918505 into OGGM:master Jan 14, 2019

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