|Title:||Convective Variabilities Leading to Different Pathways of Convective Self-Aggregation in Two Cloud-Resolving Models||Authors:||Huang, Jin De
Hung, Ching Shu
|Keywords:||Cloud resolving models | Convective clouds | Convective-scale processes | Isentropic analysis | Model comparison | Radiative-convective equilibrium||Issue Date:||1-Aug-2023||Journal Volume:||80||Journal Issue:||8||Start page/Pages:||2041||Source:||Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences||Abstract:||
Convective variability is used to diagnose different pathways toward convective self-aggregation (CSA) in radiative–convective equilibrium simulations with two cloud-resolving models, SCALE and VVM. The results show that convection undergoes gradual growth in SCALE and fast transition in VVM, which is associated with different mechanisms between the two models. In SCALE, strong radiative cooling associated with a dry environment drives the circulation from the dry region, and the dry environment results from strong subsidence and insufficient surface flux supply. The circulation driven by the radiative cooling then pushes convection aggregating, which is the dry-radiation pathway. In VVM, CSA develops due to the rapid strengthening of circulation driven by convective systems in the moist region, which is the convection-upscaling pathway. The different pathways of CSA development can be attributed to the upscale process of convective structures identified by the cloud size spectrum. The upscaling of large-size convective systems can enhance circulation from the moist region in VVM. In SCALE, the infrequent appearance of large convective systems is insufficient to generate circulation, as compensating subsidence can occur within the moist region even in the absence of convective systems. This study shows that the convective variabilities between models can lead to different pathways of CSA, and mechanism-denial experiments also support our analyses.
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