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ESRL/PSD Seminar Series

Behaviour of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model boundary layer and surface parameterizations in one-dimensional simulations during the BAMEX field campaign

Mariusz Pagowski, ESRL/GSD


Atmospheric boundary layer is the bottom layer of the troposphere which is directly affected by the Earth's surface and and which varies on time scales determined by the surface fluxes of momentum, heat and moisture. We spend most of our lives in the boundary layer and it is where our perception of weather and climate occurs. Physical parameterizations of surface and boundary layer processes are essential part of numerical models and their accuracy determines quality of forecasts.

Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model is hailed as a next-generation mesoscale weather prediction system and is being developed under a collaborative partnership among NCAR. NCEP, NOAA-GSD, AFWA, NRL, FAA and Oklahoma University. In this talk we attempt an assessment of surface and boundary parameterizations in WRF. To eliminate the accumulation of errors from parameterizations of convection, microphysics, and radiation in the three-dimensional model and elucidate errors of the WRF's surface and the PBL parameterizations we use a one-dimensional model initialized and forced by observations and weather analyses.

We perform 12-hourly simulations with WRF model boundary layer and land surface schemes in summer 2003. The simulations use data collected at the Lamont (OK) ARM site during the BAMEX field campaign during that summer. Vertical profiles from rawinsondes, and soil temperature and moisture from measurements are used for the initializations. External forcings for the model include shortwave and longwave radiation, precipitation rate, and geostrophic wind and are derived from observations and weather analyses. Performance of the surface and boundary layer schemes with respect to winds, temperature, mixing ratio, and surface fluxes is evaluated.

PSD-South Conference Room (1D403)
Wednesday, 25 July 2007
2:00 pm Refreshments at 1:50pm

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