18th Conference on Weather and Forecasting, 14th Conference on Numerical Weather Prediction, and Ninth Conference on Mesoscale Processes

Monday, 30 July 2001: 5:01 PM
Development of a new parameterization for representing boundary layer clouds in mesoscale models (formerly paper P1.17)
Jean-Christophe Golaz, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO; and V. E. Larson and W. R. Cotton
Poster PDF (233.0 kB)
A new boundary layer cloud parameterization is presented. This scheme contains a new type of turbulence closure that represents subgrid-scale variability in temperature, moisture, and vertical velocity using a joint probability density function (PDF). The PDF is used to close higher order turbulent moments as well as predict cloud fraction and cloud water, all in a manner consistent with the PDF. This leads to a unified framework capable of representing both very low cloud fraction layers and solid cloud decks.

Results from various boundary layer regimes, including clear convective layer, stratocumulus-topped layer, trade-wind cumuli and fair-weather cumulus clouds over land are shown and compared to large-eddy simulation model output. The scheme is capable of predicting reasonable values of cloud fraction and cloud water for the various cloudy regimes without the need for case-specific adjustments.

Supplementary URL: