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A simple model of convection with memory

Davies, L., Plant, R. S. ORCID: and Derbyshire, S. H. (2009) A simple model of convection with memory. Journal of Geophysical Research, 114. D17202. ISSN 0148-0227

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1029/2008JD011653


There are at least three distinct time scales that are relevant for the evolution of atmospheric convection. These are the time scale of the forcing mechanism, the time scale governing the response to a steady forcing, and the time scale of the response to variations in the forcing. The last of these, tmem, is associated with convective life cycles, which provide an element of memory in the system. A highly simplified model of convection is introduced, which allows for investigation of the character of convection as a function of the three time scales. For short tmem, the convective response is strongly tied to the forcing as in conventional equilibrium parameterization. For long tmem, the convection responds only to the slowly evolving component of forcing, and any fluctuations in the forcing are essentially suppressed. At intermediate tmem, convection becomes less predictable: conventional equilibrium closure breaks down and current levels of convection modify the subsequent response.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:1657
Uncontrolled Keywords:cloud-ensemble; parameterization; variability; equilibrium; cycle; simulations; equations; time
Publisher:American Geophysical Union

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