P1.47 Toward cloud-model assessment of the role of cloud turbulence in warm-rain development

Monday, 28 June 2010
Exhibit Hall (DoubleTree by Hilton Portland)
Wojciech W. Grabowski, NCAR, Boulder, CO; and A. A. Wyszogrodzki, L. P. Wang, O. Ayala, and B. Rosa

Cloud turbulence has been argued to play a significant role in the development of precipitation through the warm-rain (collision/coalescence) processes. In recent years, we developed collision kernels that include the effects of cloud turbulence on collisions between cloud droplets. The kernels apply the theoretical model of the turbulent droplet collisions verified by direct numerical simulation (DNS) of droplet-laden turbulent flows. In general, the turbulent collision kernel depends on the characteristics of the small-scale turbulence, the turbulent dissipation rate in particular. The next logical step is to apply the new kernel in realistic cloud simulations to quantify its impact.

This paper will discuss application of the new kernel to large-eddy simulations of shallow precipitating convection. First, we will present an approach to include turbulent collision kernel into large-eddy simulation (LES) model. The problem is in the disparity of spatial scales represented in DNS and LES models. In general, the DNS model attempts to simulate effects of small-scale turbulence only, whereas the LES model has to incorporate the effects of significantly larger range of scales. A relatively simple strategy to bridge the scale gap will be presented and model simulations with various specific variations of the strategy will be discussed. Second, we will discuss various approaches to quantify the effects of turbulence on warm-rain simulations, contrasting single-cloud and cloud-field simulations. The key difference is that only the latter approach includes relevant interactions between simulated clouds and their environment.

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