Subgrid parameterisations for primitive equation atmospheric models

J S Frederiksen, M R Dix, S L Osbrough, V Kitsios

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Dynamical and thermodynamical subgrid-scale parameterisations of eddy drain, net dissipation and stochastic backscatter are calculated for a multi-level primitive equation atmospheric general circulation model. The parameterisations have only moderate variability with height and a cusp behaviour with peaks near the largest retained wavenumber. Vertically integrated net dissipation functions for vorticity and temperature are very similar to corresponding results for barotropic simulations while the divergence dissipation is nearly four times stronger. Atmospheric general circulation model simulations with the new subgrid model improve kinetic energy spectra and zonal flows compared with control simulations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th Biennial Computational Techniques and Applications Conference
EditorsMarkus Hegland, Jason Sharples
Place of PublicationCanberra ACT Australia
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventComputational Techniques and Applications Conference 2014 - Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Duration: 1 Dec 20143 Dec 2014
Conference number: 17th

Publication series

NameANZIAM Journal
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN (Print)1446-1811
ISSN (Electronic)1446-8735


ConferenceComputational Techniques and Applications Conference 2014
Abbreviated titleCTAC 2014
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  • Subgrid modelling
  • climate models
  • large-eddy simulations

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