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Seminar coordinator for AY 2017-2018: Prof. Ryan Sriver (rsriver@illinois.edu)

 

POSTPONED

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Topic
graduate
Sponsor
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
Location
Room 112 of the Transportation Building
Date
Jan 16, 2013   3:00 pm  
Speaker
Nicole Schiffer, Graduate Student, DAS, University of Illinois
Contact
Shirley Palmisano
E-Mail
sjpalm@illinois.edu
Phone
217-244-5737
Views
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Accurately simulating precipitation characteristics in complex terrain is a notorious problem in global climate models. Increasing model resolution, which also increases topographic resolution, seems to be one of the easiest ways to improve model hydrometeorology. Higher resolution is relatively easy to implement, but computationally costly to run. The number of grid cells increases exponentially and the number of time steps increases roughly linearly with increasing resolution, which requires more computer time and data storage, transfer, and processing. Improved representation of meteorological and hydrologic processes in complex terrain would be expected with higher resolution; however this hypothesis remains to be rigorously tested at practical regional model resolutions.

 

Are the higher-resolution simulations in fact better, or do they only look better? To address these questions, 25km and 10km Weather research and Forecasting (WRF) model runs are compared to Tropical Rainfall Measuring Missions (TRMM) observations. The North American Monsoon is used as a case study. The 10km WRF runs are conducted with 25km and 10km terrain to discern the effect of model resolution from terrain resolution. The spatial and temporal realism of simulated precipitation is assessed using TRMM data.

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