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Title: Evaluation of high-level clouds in cloud resolving model simulations with ARM and KWAJEX observations

Abstract

In this paper, we evaluate high-level clouds in a cloud resolving model during two convective cases, ARM9707 and KWAJEX. The simulated joint histograms of cloud occurrence and radar reflectivity compare well with cloud radar and satellite observations when using a two-moment microphysics scheme. However, simulations performed with a single moment microphysical scheme exhibit low biases of approximately 20 dB. During convective events, two-moment microphysical overestimate the amount of high-level cloud and one-moment microphysics precipitate too readily and underestimate the amount and height of high-level cloud. For ARM9707, persistent large positive biases in high-level cloud are found, which are not sensitive to changes in ice particle fall velocity and ice nuclei number concentration in the two-moment microphysics. These biases are caused by biases in large-scale forcing and maintained by the periodic lateral boundary conditions. The combined effects include significant biases in high-level cloud amount, radiation, and high sensitivity of cloud amount to nudging time scale in both convective cases. The high sensitivity of high-level cloud amount to the thermodynamic nudging time scale suggests that thermodynamic nudging can be a powerful ‘‘tuning’’ parameter for the simulated cloud and radiation but should be applied with caution. The role of the periodic lateral boundarymore » conditions in reinforcing the biases in cloud and radiation suggests that reducing the uncertainty in the large-scale forcing in high levels is important for similar convective cases and has far reaching implications for simulating high-level clouds in super-parameterized global climate models such as the multiscale modeling framework.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [1]
  1. Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)
  2. Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States); FM Global Research, Center for Property Risk Solutions, Norwood, MA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1225112
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1225113; OSTI ID: 1243065
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0001635; 61-8739; 1144017
Resource Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 7; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 1942-2466
Publisher:
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Citation Formats

Liu, Zheng, Muhlbauer, Andreas, and Ackerman, Thomas. Evaluation of high-level clouds in cloud resolving model simulations with ARM and KWAJEX observations. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1002/2015MS000478.
Liu, Zheng, Muhlbauer, Andreas, & Ackerman, Thomas. Evaluation of high-level clouds in cloud resolving model simulations with ARM and KWAJEX observations. United States. doi:10.1002/2015MS000478.
Liu, Zheng, Muhlbauer, Andreas, and Ackerman, Thomas. Thu . "Evaluation of high-level clouds in cloud resolving model simulations with ARM and KWAJEX observations". United States. doi:10.1002/2015MS000478.
@article{osti_1225112,
title = {Evaluation of high-level clouds in cloud resolving model simulations with ARM and KWAJEX observations},
author = {Liu, Zheng and Muhlbauer, Andreas and Ackerman, Thomas},
abstractNote = {In this paper, we evaluate high-level clouds in a cloud resolving model during two convective cases, ARM9707 and KWAJEX. The simulated joint histograms of cloud occurrence and radar reflectivity compare well with cloud radar and satellite observations when using a two-moment microphysics scheme. However, simulations performed with a single moment microphysical scheme exhibit low biases of approximately 20 dB. During convective events, two-moment microphysical overestimate the amount of high-level cloud and one-moment microphysics precipitate too readily and underestimate the amount and height of high-level cloud. For ARM9707, persistent large positive biases in high-level cloud are found, which are not sensitive to changes in ice particle fall velocity and ice nuclei number concentration in the two-moment microphysics. These biases are caused by biases in large-scale forcing and maintained by the periodic lateral boundary conditions. The combined effects include significant biases in high-level cloud amount, radiation, and high sensitivity of cloud amount to nudging time scale in both convective cases. The high sensitivity of high-level cloud amount to the thermodynamic nudging time scale suggests that thermodynamic nudging can be a powerful ‘‘tuning’’ parameter for the simulated cloud and radiation but should be applied with caution. The role of the periodic lateral boundary conditions in reinforcing the biases in cloud and radiation suggests that reducing the uncertainty in the large-scale forcing in high levels is important for similar convective cases and has far reaching implications for simulating high-level clouds in super-parameterized global climate models such as the multiscale modeling framework.},
doi = {10.1002/2015MS000478},
journal = {Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems},
number = 4,
volume = 7,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {11}
}

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