Accession Number:

ADA523108

Title:

Orography-Induced Gravity Wave Drag Parameterization in the Global WRF: Implementation and Sensitivity to Shortwave Radiation Schemes

Descriptive Note:

Research article

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB MONTEREY CA MARINE METEOROLOGY DIV

Report Date:

2010-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

This paper describes the implementation of the orographic gravity wave drag GWDO processes induced by subgrid-scale orography in the global version of the Weather Research and Forecasting WRF model. The sensitivity of the model simulated climatology to the representation of shortwave radiation and the addition of the GWDO processes is investigated using the Kim-Arakawa GWDO parameterization and the Goddard, RRTMGRapid Radiative Transfer Model for GCMs, and Dudhia shortwave radiation schemes. This sensitivity study is a part of efforts of selecting the physics package that can be useful in applying the WRF model to global and seasonal configuration. The climatology is relatively well simulated by the global WRF the zonal mean zonal wind and temperature structures are reasonably represented with the Kim-Arakawa GWDO scheme using the Goddard and RRTMG shortwave schemes. It is found that the impact of the shortwave radiation scheme on the modeled atmosphere is pronounced in the upper atmospheric circulations above the tropopause mainly due to the ozone heating. The scheme that excludes the ozone process suffers from a distinct cold bias in the stratosphere. Moreover, given the improper thermodynamic environment conditions by the shortwave scheme, the role of the GWDO process is found to be limited.

Subject Categories:

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
  • Radiofrequency Wave Propagation
  • Meteorology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE