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Fix for soil layer temperatures when soil thermal nodes do not reach bottom of soil column. #467

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tbohn commented Apr 10, 2016

This change is relatively minor. This addresses #377, at least for 5.0. The error in #377 was reported for 4.2.c, even when FROZEN_SOIL was FALSE. I was not able to reproduce this error in 5.0 unless FROZEN_SOIL was TRUE. What happens is: if the bottom of the lowest soil layer is deeper than the soil thermal damping depth (dp), and if FROZEN_SOIL is true, then when the model attempts to estimate layer ice content via estimate_layer_ice_content(), it encounters a layer for which soil thermal nodes do not cover the entire layer. In this case, VIC would abort.

The thing is, if the log_err() call were removed, the logic in estimate_layer_ice_content() would actually work fine: the temperature of the deepest node would be used for all depths below it. So, my fix here was simply to remove the log_err() call.

closes #377

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@bartnijssen bartnijssen merged commit 78a7ff1 into UW-Hydro:develop Apr 11, 2016

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