4A.4 Vertical Extension of NCEP FV3 for Whole Atmospheric Modeling

Tuesday, 14 January 2020: 11:15 AM
257AB (Boston Convention and Exhibition Center)
Hann-Ming Henry Juang, NCEP, College Park, MD; and S. K. Kar and A. Kubaryk

NCEP has implemented operational nonhydrostatic modeling with the FV3GFS this year. The fundamental reason for this implementation is to provide a better prediction system as the result of moving from an approximated hydrostatic modeling system into less approximated nonhydrostatic modeling system. Nevertheless, within NCEP, we have the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), which requires whole atmospheric modeling (WAM) to couple with space weather models. To extend the GFS model top from about 60km to the thermosphere at about 600km triggers the validation of dynamic systems, including thermodynamics with additional tracer gas components as well as deep-atmosphere dynamics (DAD). DAD is a step beyond the nonhydrostatic system with nearly no approximation. If we believe moving from a hydrostatic to a non-hydrostatic model can provide better prediction system, then the move to DAD should provide even better or the best prediction system. This will benefit not just WAM, but all applications of GFS including weather, seasonal, and climate predictions. In this presentation, we would like to share our first step of WAM in FV3 with thermodynamics implementation along with the extended FV3 model top.
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