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Title: A discussion about the role of the shortwave schemes on real WRF-ARW simulations. Two case studies: cloudless and cloudy sky
Author: Montornès Torrecillas, Alex
Codina, Bernat
Zack, J. W.
Keywords: Radiació solar
Radiació atmosfèrica
Solar radiation
Atmospheric radiation
Issue Date: Oct-2015
Publisher: Associació Catalana de Meteorologia (ACAM)
Abstract: A wide range of approaches for radiative transfer computations leads to several parameterizations. Differences in these approximations bring about distinct results for the radiative fluxes,even under the same atmospheric conditions. Since the transfer of solar and terrestrial radiationrepresents the primordial physical process that shapes the atmospheric circulation, these deviations must have an impact on the numerical weather prediction (NWP) model performance. In this paper, an analysis of the role of shortwave schemes on the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF-ARW) model is presented. The study compares the effect of four parameterizations(Dudhia, New Goddard, CAM and RRTMG) in two cases: i) cloudless and ii) cloudy sky situations for a domain defined over Catalonia (northeast of the Iberian Peninsula). We analyze thedirect and the indirect feedback between the dynamical aspects and the physical parameterizations driven by changes in the radiative transfer equation computation. The cumulative effect ofthese variations are studied through three simulation windows: current day (0-23 h), day-ahead(24-47 h) and two days ahead (48-71 h). These analyses are focused on several NWP model fields. From the most directly related toshortwave schemes such as global horizontal irradiance or the heating rate profile, to apparently secondary outcomes such as wind speed or cloud composition among others. The differences observed between model runs using different solar parameterizations increase with the simulation horizon, being more important in the cloudy scenario than in the cloudless sky.
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It is part of: Tethys: Journal of Mediterranean Meteorology & Climatology, 2015, num. 12, p. 13-31
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ISSN: 1697-1523
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