TITLE

A New Subcloud Model for Mass-Flux Convection Schemes: Influence on Triggering, Updraft Properties, and Model Climate

AUTHOR(S)
Jakob, Christian; Siebesma, A.Pier
PUB. DATE
November 2003
SOURCE
Monthly Weather Review;Nov2003, Vol. 131 Issue 11, p2765
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
All convection parameterizations in models of the atmosphere include a decision tree to decide on at least the occurrence, and often the type, of convection in a model grid volume. This decision tree is sometimes referred to as the “trigger function.” This study investigates the role that the decision-making processes play in the simulation of convection in the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts global forecast model. For this purpose, a new simple parcel-ascent model based on an entraining plume model is developed to replace the currently used undilute ascent in the initial decision making. The consequences of the use of the more realistic model for the behavior of convection itself and its impact on the model climate are investigated. It is shown that there are profound changes to both the convection characteristics, and consequently, the model climate. The wider implications of the findings here for the general design of a mass-flux convection parameterization are discussed.
ACCESSION #
11280261

 

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