Special Issue "Regional Climate Modeling"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018).
Interests: mesoscale convective system; atmosphere-land interaction; dynamical downscaling; orographically-induced circulation
Regional climate modeling has been widely adopted as a methodology to study regional climate details at horizontal scales, ranging from sub-kilometer to thousands of kilometers. With the advantages of higher resolutions and sophisticated physics schemes, regional climate models can replicate mesoscale meteorological processes more realistically than those in forcing dataset, such as general circulation models (GCMs) or reanalysis datasets. This value-added will help investigate physical mechanisms behind regional climate systems across worldwide, which are typically emphasized by convective systems, and/or underlying surface conditions, such as topographies, land-sea contrasts, vegetation patterns, snow covers, urban landscapes, and sea surface temperature and sea ice inhomogeneities. Recently, due to increasing social demands for impact assessment of climate change, regional climate models have provided high-resolution climate scenarios that are used as the input of assessment models. Furthermore, the utilization of regional climate models has been expanded to weather applications, including renewable energy forecast and risk assessment of the weather-related disasters.
This Special Issue calls for contributions that meet themes as below. We also welcome submissions that will deepen our understanding in regional climate modeling.
1. Regional climate model experiments aiming to understand mesoscale meteorological processes, particularly those studying mesoscale precipitation systems, orographic effects on weather and climate, atmosphere–land interaction, and atmosphere-ocean interaction. Influences of lateral and surface boundary conditions and atmospheric internal processes on regional climate. Interactions of synoptic and mesoscale weather systems over various time scales.
2. Proposal and/or practice of technical improvements in running and evaluating regional climate models, including development of new physics scheme, new experimental design of dynamical downscaling that can reduce computational cost or error, methodology to generate ensemble members for statistical analysis of low-frequency events, bias correction method that retains physical consistency, and new methodology for model evaluation.
3. Regional climate studies for detection and attribution of historical, ongoing, and future climate changes. Regional climate modeling with sensitivity experiments aiming to diagnose physical mechanism of climate change. Practice of dynamical downscaling experiments for generating future climate scenarios at regional scale.
4. Application of regional climate modeling toward the solution of regional environmental issues, including the assessment and prediction skill of solar and wind energy resources and diagnosis of the risk for natural disasters.
Dr. Tomonori Sato
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- dynamical downscaling
- regional climate change
- atmosphere-land interaction
- atmosphere-ocean interaction
- mesoscale meteorological modeling