Nanjundiah, RS (2000) Impact of the moisture transport formulation on the simulated tropical rainfall in a general circulation model. In: Climate Dynamics, 16 (4). pp. 303-317.
The impact of numerical modeling of moisture transport on the simulation of the seasonal mean pattern of precipitation in the tropics is studied. The NCAR CCM2 with spectral and semi- Lagrangian moisture transport has been used for this purpose. The differences in the numerical modeling of moisture transport are found to have a significant impact on the simulation of the seasonal mean patterns. The major differences while using the spectral method (vis-a-vis the semi-Lagrangian method) are (1) a decrease in rainfall over the Indian monsoon region, (2) a decrease in rainfall over the west Pacific region and (3) an increase in rainfall over the central and east Pacific regions. There are substantial differences in the amount of precipitable water vapor simulated by the two moisture transport techniques. It is shown that the difference in precipitable water vapor between the two simulations is associated with changes in the vertical moist static stability (VMS) of the atmosphere, and differences in the simulated precipitation patterns.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Additional Information:||Copyright of this article belongs to Springer Verlag.|
|Department/Centre:||Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences|
|Date Deposited:||08 Sep 2004|
|Last Modified:||19 Sep 2010 04:15|
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