TITLE

A Linear Analysis of the NCAR CCSM Finite-Volume Dynamical Core

AUTHOR(S)
Skamarock, William C.
PUB. DATE
June 2008
SOURCE
Monthly Weather Review;Jun2008, Vol. 136 Issue 6, p2112
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The NCAR Community Climate System Model (CCSM) finite-volume atmospheric core uses a C–D-grid discretization to solve the equations of motion. A linear analysis of this discretization shows that it behaves as a D grid to leading order; it possesses the poor response of the D grid for short-wavelength divergent modes, the poor response of the C and D grids for short-wavelength rotational modes, and is only first-order accurate in time and damping. The scheme combines a modified forward–backward time integration for gravity waves with forward-in-time upwind-biased advection schemes, and the solver uses a vector-invariant form of the momentum equations. Other approaches using these equations are considered that circumvent some of the problems inherent in the current approach.
ACCESSION #
32874783

 

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