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A dynamic extension of the pragmatic blending scheme for scale-dependent sub-grid mixing

Efstathiou, G. A. and Plant, R. S. (2019) A dynamic extension of the pragmatic blending scheme for scale-dependent sub-grid mixing. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 145 (719). pp. 884-892. ISSN 1477-870X

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Abstract/Summary

The pragmatic blending approach of Boutle et al. (2014) treats sub-grid turbulent mixing using a weighted average of a 1D mesoscale-model and a 3D Smagorinsky formulation. Here the approach is modified and extended to incorporate a scale-dependent dynamic Smagorinsky scheme instead of a static Smagorinsky scheme. Results from simulating an evolving convective boundary layer show that the new scheme is able to improve the representation of turbulence statistics and potential temperature profiles at grey-zone resolutions during the transition from the shallow morning to the deep afternoon boundary layer. This is achieved mainly because the new scheme enables and controls an improved spin-up of resolved turbulence. The dynamic blending scheme is shown to be more adaptive to the evolving flow and somewhat less sensitive to the blending parameters. The new approach appears to offer a more robust and more flexible formulation of blending and the results are strongly encouraging of further assessment and development.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:80694
Publisher:Royal Meteorological Society

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