[AAS09-11] Characterizing Convective Cells Using Cloud-Resolving Simulations
Keywords:Convection, Cells, Cloud-Resolving Model
The Goddard Cumulus Ensemble (GCE) model and the Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) model are used to conduct idealized ensemble simulations ranging from small-domain, single convective cells, to large-domain, case studies of convective systems. The emphasis is to build a large sample of individual convective cells through automatic feature identification and tracking algorithms. A k-mean clustering method is used to identify updraft cells with occasional human intervention. TrackPy toolkit is used to track the evolution of these cells through their lifecycle. We first present convective cell statistics derived from this database. The second part of the study explores how convective cell characteristics vary with environment variables (e.g., CAPE, wind shear, moisture) and model numerics (e.g., resolution, microphysics, radiation and turbulent mixing schemes). Lastly, applications of these statistics to understanding the global circulation, and to improving cumulus parameterization in GCMs will be discussed.