J10.5 Coupled Single-Column Model Framework for Polar Processes

Thursday, 26 January 2017: 4:30 PM
Conference Center: Skagit 3 (Washington State Convention Center )
Kerstin Hartung, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden; and G. Svensson and H. Struthers

The polar regions are known for their complex small-scale processes that need to be parameterized in models, such as the formation of clouds, boundary layer mixing in ocean and atmosphere, sea ice formation/melt and the surface energy exchanges. These processes are also involved in substantial feedback mechanisms in the climate system. Numerical models, both for weather forecasts and climate applications, have been shown to have large biases in polar regions that may originate from these parameterized processes. An innovative single column model framework has been developed. It builds on the more commonly used atmosphere-only and ocean-only frameworks and extends to capture the entire system from ocean bottom, through the sea ice and snow, to the top-of-atmosphere. The framework will be explained in the presentation and some initial test cases and comparison to observational data will be provided.
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