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A continuous buoyancy based convection scheme: one‐ and three‐dimensional validation

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ABSTRACT

A new and consistent convection scheme, providing continuous treatment of this atmospheric process, is described. The main concept ensuring the consistency of the whole system is buoyancy, a key element of any convective vertical motion. The buoyancy constitutes the forcing term of the convective vertical velocity, which is then used to define the triggering condition, the mass flux and the rates of entrainment–detrainment. The buoyancy is also used in its vertically integrated form to express the closure condition as a CAPE relaxation. The continuous treatment of convection from dry thermals to deep precipitating cumulus is made possible through the use of a continuous formulation of the entrainment–detrainment rates and CAPE relaxation time, together with an embedded precipitation scheme. This convection scheme is first evaluated with the help of single‐column model simulations of specific case studies encompassing a variety of convective situations. Second, a coupled general‐circulation model multiyear simulation is provided as a means to assess the model climate with respect to observations.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Météo-France, Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques (CNRM), 42 av. G. Coriolis, 31057 Toulouse, France

Publication date: August 1, 2011

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