11.5 High resolution numerical modelling of deep moist convective processes: turbulent parameterizations and grid-scale effects

Wednesday, 29 October 2008: 9:45 AM
North & Center Ballroom (Hilton DeSoto)
Elisabetta Fiori, CIMA Research Foundation, Savona, , Italy; and A. Parodi and F. Siccardi

A line of development of numerical meteorological forecast, common to many European and American Meteorological Organizations, schedules a drastic reduction of the space scale for the realization of limited-area predictions.

The scientific community has been discussing such an issue, whether this approach can be of real advantage for the solution of the problems of the uncertainty of the decision-maker, and, in particular, for the solution of the problem of nowcasting. The extraordinary enhancement of the computer power could indeed, just because “nowadays it is possible”, promote this drastic reduction of the modeling horizontal resolution. However this “brute-force” approach to the question of the solution of the problem of nowcasting does not guarantee a priori success in the solution of the problem.

Along these lines, deep moist convective processes in simplified atmospheric scenarios (e.g. supercell) are studied in this paper by means of high resolution numerical simulations with Cosmo Model.

Particular attention is paid to determine if and at which extent the convection-resolving solutions, in the range of grid-spacing between 1km and 100 m, statistically converge from a turbulence perspective with respect to flow field structure, transport properties and precipitation forecast. Different turbulent closures are used and their impact on the spatial-temporal properties of storm processes is discussed.

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