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Towards a modular superparameterization for Stratocumulus clouds considering unsteady entrainment

Schmidt, H. and Mellado, J.- P. and Peters, N. and Stevens, B. (2008) Towards a modular superparameterization for Stratocumulus clouds considering unsteady entrainment. In: 4th PAN-GCSS Meeting on "Advances in Modeling and Observing Clouds and Convection", 2-6 June 2008, Toulouse, France.

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Low clouds are increasingly recognized as the main source of divergence in model based estimates of climate change. The best tool for understanding clouds and microphysical interactions is Large Eddy Simulation (LES), but fundamental issues emerge in precisely those quantities of interest (e.g. Albedo). A reason for this is that current LES cannot resolve the cloud interface physics due to insufficient grid resolution. Elaborate physically based subgrid models are numerically smeared out, so that a distinction between numerical and physical effects is impossible. Here, we propose a heterogeneous multi scale concept for the modeling of Stratocumulus clouds. The cloud top interface which is driven by large scale motions is explicitly followed (tracked) using a level set ansatz. At the same time the important small scale mixing process is considered by embedding (super-) parameterizations in a modular fashion. Therefore the entrainment process is investigated with different numerical and physical models, one is the classical Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) approach, the second alternative is a stochastic concept based on a one dimensional turbulence model (ODT). First results concern entrainment in a stratified moist shear layer, cloud top layer stability and buoyancy reversal studies. The new approach has two key advantages. Firstly, using an interface method avoids numerical smearing. Secondly, the modular coupling procedure, which has been developed for combustion and two phase flow problems, helps to combine small scale entrainment physics with the large scales in a consistent manner.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects:Mathematical and Computer Sciences > Mathematics > Applied Mathematics
Divisions:Department of Mathematics and Computer Science > Institute of Mathematics > Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Group
ID Code:717
Deposited By: Ulrike Eickers
Deposited On:11 Aug 2009 08:40
Last Modified:20 Aug 2009 15:12

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