Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 12, 1191-1213, 2012
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Differences between downscaling with spectral and grid nudging using WRF
P. Liu1, A. P. Tsimpidi2, Y. Hu2, B. Stone3, A. G. Russell2, and A. Nenes1,4
1School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 30332, USA
2School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 30332, USA
3School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 30332, USA
4School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 30332, USA

Abstract. Dynamical downscaling has been extensively used to study regional climate forced by large-scale global climate models. During the downscaling process, however, the simulation of regional climate models (RCMs) tends to drift away from the driving fields. Developing a solution that addresses this issue, by retaining the large scale features (from the large-scale fields) and the small-scale features (from the RCMs) has led to the development of "nudging" techniques. Here, we examine the performance of two nudging techniques, grid and spectral nudging, in the downscaling of NCEP/NCAR data using Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model. The simulations are compared against the results with North America Regional Reanalysis (NARR) data set at different scales of interest. We show that with the appropriate choice of wave numbers, spectral nudging outperforms grid nudging in the capacity of balancing the performance of simulation at the large and small scales.

Citation: Liu, P., Tsimpidi, A. P., Hu, Y., Stone, B., Russell, A. G., and Nenes, A.: Differences between downscaling with spectral and grid nudging using WRF, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 12, 1191-1213, doi:10.5194/acpd-12-1191-2012, 2012.
 
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