Gem in the gewex transferability study
1 / 19

GEM in the GEWEX Transferability Study - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Uploaded on
  • Presentation posted in: General

GEM in the GEWEX Transferability Study. Zav Kothavala, Colin Jones, Katja Winger, Bernard Dugas & Ayrton Zadra. Introduction.

I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.

Download Presentation

GEM in the GEWEX Transferability Study

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Presentation Transcript

GEM in the GEWEX Transferability Study

Zav Kothavala, Colin Jones,

Katja Winger, Bernard Dugas & Ayrton Zadra


To determine that Regional Climate Models can realistically simulate the climate variability in all regions of the globe, we want to develop parameterizations that are evaluated against observations in all possible climates.

Regional atmospheric climate Models from different Continental Scale Experiments (CSE) were transferred from their “native domain” to other continents involved in the Inter-CSE Transferability Study (ICTS) - GEWEX project.

The ICTS Regional Climate Modeling protocol aims to capitalise on the global coverage offered by CEOP observations

to assess and improve the global transferability of RCMs

Unmodified RCMs were run on a variety of domains around the globe

Participating RCMs

RCA3Rossby Centre (Sweden)

CLMGKSS Research Centre (Germany)

RSMScripps Institution of Oceanography (USA)

RegCM3Iowa State University (USA)

GEM-LAMRPN Environment Canada (Canada)

MRCCOuranos-UQAM, Montréal (Canada)

GEM-LAM characteristics

  • Coté et al., MWR (1998); version 3.2.1

  • Hydrostatic primitive equations

  • Rotated grid on lat lon projection (0.5 degree horizontal resolution)

  • 53 hybrid vertical levels (top at ~10 hPa)

  • 30 minute timestep - period: 2000/01/01 – 2004/12/31

  • Solar constant 1367 kw/Wm2

  • Constant GHG concentrations

  • Deep convection (Kain-Fritsch) & shallow convection

  • Simple super-saturation based large-scale condensation

  • ISBA land-surface scheme

  • Boundary forcing every 6 hours with NCEP2 reanalyses

Barrow, Alaska 71.3N 156.6E

Simulations in Arctic climates (Barrow, Alaska)

Barrow, Alaska: Radiation fluxes

SW down

SW up

LW down

LW up

Barrow: Native domain freq. distribution (Surface temperature)

Barrow: Native domain freq. distribution (Precipitation)

Barrow: Native domain freq. distribution (wind speed)

Barrow: Diurnal Cycle 2003-2004 (surface temperature)

Manaus: Brazil - 2.61S 60.21W

Non-native domain (Manaus: Brazil - 2.61S 60.21W)

Manaus: frequency histograms (Surface temperature)

Manaus: frequency histograms (Total daily precipitation)

Manaus: Frequency distribution (wind speed)

Simulations on non-native domain: Equatorial Island


  • Goal is to evaluate how RCMs simulate the diurnal cycle of temperature, precipitation and the heat fluxes in non-native domains

  • In general the temperature and radiation fields are closer to the observations in native domains compared to non-native domains. Precipitation and fluxes differ from the observed in native and non-native doimains.

  • Ongoing analyses in collaboration with individiual modelling groups to ascertain reasons for variations and possible fixes.

  • Login