54 Hans-Ertel-Centre for Weather Research: The Planetary Boundary Layer in Numerical Weather Prediction

Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Green Mountain Ballroom (Hilton Burlington )
Juerg Schmidli, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany; and I. Bastak Duran, A. Eichhorn, V. Maurer, A. Schomburg, and C. Sgoff

The planetary boundary layer (PBL) plays an important role in numerical weather prediction and climate simulations. In particular stable PBLs and PBLs over complex surfaces pose difficulties in both contexts. Coherent subgrid-scale (SGS) motions contribute to the exchange with the land surface and lead to SGS turbulence organization and intermittency that are not represented in current PBL parameterization schemes. The aim of the project is to address these topics with the following goals: (1) Development of a unified PBL turbulence and cloud model, using a closure based on probability density functions. (2) Analysis and representation of coherent SGS dynamics over idealized complex surfaces, induced, for example, by small-scale gravity waves and thermally induced motions. (3) Development of assimilation and parameter estimation using surface-sensitive satellite observations in a 1D coupled land-atmosphere system. (4) Eventually better prediction of boundary layer and high-impact weather using these improved model components within ICON (ICOsahedral Non-hydrostatic), the operational general circulation model of the German Weather Service. In our contribution we will present our plans to address these goals.

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