JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2020

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[E] Oral

A (Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences ) » A-AS Atmospheric Sciences, Meteorology & Atmospheric Environment

[A-AS09] Cloud-Resolving Model Simulations for Climate and Weather Studies

convener:Toshihisa Matsui(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), Masaki Satoh(Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo), Wei-Kuo Tao(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

[AAS09-12] BiLateral Operational Storm-Scale Observation and Modeling: BLOSSOM

*Toshihisa Matsui1,4, David B. Wolff5, Karen Mohr1, Stephen E. Lang1,3, Minghua Zhang2 (1.NASA GSFC , 2.Stony Brook University, 3.SCIENCE SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS INC, 4.ESSIC UMD, 5.NASA WFF)

Keywords:cloud and convection process, precipitation, polarimetric radar, cloud-resolving model

Over the past several decades, cloud-resolving models (CRMs) have been advanced and utilized for many applications, such as the study of mesoscale convective systems, cloud microphysics, cloud latent heating, and cloud radiative forcing, all of which have been used to support the development of satellite algorithms for the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) and Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellites. Yet, one of the long-standing uncertainties in CRMs is the spatial-temporal distribution of bulk hydrometeors, especially, mixed-phase and frozen precipitation. To continue to improve and advance these models in unison with the steady progression to finer grid resolutions, a robust evaluation is required that facilitates comprehensive comparisons between high-resolution, detailed cloud-process simulations and systematic routine storm-scale observations having sub-minute time-scale and sub-km spatial-scale sampling.

The NASA S-band dual-POLarimetric radar (NPOL) and Dual-frequency Dual-polarized Doppler Radar (D3R) are NASA’s signature ground-based polarimetric radars that have been deployed to many GPM ground validation (GV) sites and provide such vital storm-scale observations for CRM evaluation. Subsequent to these GV activities (, N-POL and D3R have been operating at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) to continuously validate GPM satellite signals and retrievals over WFF sites. We briefly present concept and preliminary results of establishing routine polarimetric radar observations and cloud-process modeling at the NASA GSFC WFF in the following project entitled “BiLateral Operational Storm-Scale Observation and Modeling (BLOSSOM)”. Ultimately, the following ultimate goals are envisioned with BLOSSOM:
1) Establish a long-term super site to improve understanding of cloud and precipitation physical processes, particularly for mixed-phase and frozen precipitation over the WFF site, 2) Provide routine meteorological large-scale forcing input to drive different CRMs, large-eddy simulation (LES) models, and single-column models (SCMs) for improvement of cloud microphysics and convection parameterizations, 3) Provide routine storm-scale cloud-precipitation simulations as well as storm-scale measurements using ground-based polarimetric Doppler radar and in-situ data, and 4) collect Precipitation Measurement Mission (PMM) satellite data along with the CRM simulations and polarimetric radar observations to generate value-added BLOSSOM Bundled Data for the community.