4A.4 The Impacts of Convection-Permitting Resolution on Tropical Convection, Forecast Bias, and Extended Global Prediction Skill

Tuesday, 9 January 2018: 9:15 AM
Salon F (Hilton) (Austin, Texas)
Nicholas Weber, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA; and C. Mass

This talk presents the preliminary results from a novel 28-day global simulation using the Model for Prediction Across Scales (MPAS) at 3-km resolution. The experiment is motivated by the previously studied benefits of convection-permitting resolution for simulated tropical precipitation, propagating convection, the Madden-Julian Oscillation, and forecast biases. Inherent challenges to global high-resolution modeling are also discussed, including the cost of computational resources, the availability of mass storage for model output, the processing and analysis of high resolution model output on an unstructured grid, and the unique complications of using a new variable-resolution model like MPAS. The 3-km simulation is compared to a similar 15-km MPAS simulation, a Climate Forecast System version 2 (CFSv2) forecast, and global analyses to determine the impacts of convection-permitting resolution on the distribution and propagation of tropical convection, the structure and development of the MJO, extratropical teleconnection patterns, and global forecast skill.
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