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Basic Concepts for Convection Parameterization in Weather Forecast and Climate Models: COST Action ES0905 Final Report

CNRM/GAME UMR 3589, Météo-France and CNRS, 31057 Toulouse Cedex, France
DWD, 63067 Offenbach, Germany
Institute for Meteorology, Universität Leipzig, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
Instituto Dom Luiz, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal
Department of Physical Geography,and Ecosystem Science, University of Lund, Solvegatan 12, Lund 223 62, Sweden
Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, RG6 6BB Reading, UK
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, 01187 Dresden, Germany
Department of Physics, University of Split, 21000 Split, Croatia
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Katja Friedrich
Atmosphere 2015, 6(1), 88-147;
Received: 4 June 2014 / Accepted: 27 November 2014 / Published: 26 December 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cloud and Precipitation)
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The research network “Basic Concepts for Convection Parameterization in Weather Forecast and Climate Models” was organized with European funding (COST Action ES0905) for the period of 2010–2014. Its extensive brainstorming suggests how the subgrid-scale parameterization problem in atmospheric modeling, especially for convection, can be examined and developed from the point of view of a robust theoretical basis. Our main cautions are current emphasis on massive observational data analyses and process studies. The closure and the entrainment–detrainment problems are identified as the two highest priorities for convection parameterization under the mass–flux formulation. The need for a drastic change of the current European research culture as concerns policies and funding in order not to further deplete the visions of the European researchers focusing on those basic issues is emphasized. View Full-Text
Keywords: parameterization; convection; subgrid scales parameterization; convection; subgrid scales

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Yano, J.; Geleyn, J.-F.; Köhler, M.; Mironov, D.; Quaas, J.; Soares, P.M.M.; Phillips, V.T.J.; Plant, R.S.; Deluca, A.; Marquet, P.; Stulic, L.; Fuchs, Z. Basic Concepts for Convection Parameterization in Weather Forecast and Climate Models: COST Action ES0905 Final Report. Atmosphere 2015, 6, 88-147.

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