TITLE

A New Mixing-Length Formulation for the Parameterization of Dry Convection: Implementation and Evaluation in a Mesoscale Model

AUTHOR(S)
Teixeira, J.; Ferreira, J. P.; Miranda, P. M. A.; Haack, T.; Doyle, J.; Siebsema, A. P.; Salgado, R.
PUB. DATE
November 2004
SOURCE
Monthly Weather Review;Nov2004, Vol. 132 Issue 11, p2698
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A realistic representation of the evolution of the dry convective boundary layer in mesoscale and large-scale atmospheric models has been an elusive goal for many years. In this paper the performance of a new mixing-length formulation for the dry convective boundary layer is evaluated in the context of the Coupled Ocean– Atmosphere Mesoscale Prediction System (COAMPS). In this new formulation, the mixing length is proportional to a time scale and to the square root of the turbulent kinetic energy. The model results are tested against observations from the Climate Impact of Changes in Land Use (CICLUS) field experiment in the south of Portugal. It is shown that COAMPS with the new formulation produces a more realistic simulation of the boundary layer growth. A data assimilation experiment performed with COAMPS shows that the improvements provided by the new formulation are significant, particularly in terms of the humidity vertical distribution. Finally, one-dimensional simulations are used to confirm that the new formulation provides more accurate results because of a more realistic representation of the entrainment and of the vertical mixing in general.
ACCESSION #
15026817

 

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