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Santos et al. 2020

Santos, S.P., P.M. Caldwell, and C.S. Bretherton, 2020: Numerically relevant timescales in the MG2 microphysics model. vol. 12, no. 4, doi:10.1029/2019MS001972.

Climate models rely on parameterizations of a variety of processes in the atmospheric physics, but a common concern is that the temporal resolution is too coarse to consistently resolve the behavior that individual parameterizations are designed to capture. This study examines timescales numerically derived from the Morrison-Gettelman (MG2) microphysics as implemented within the Energy Exascale Earth System Model, version 1 (E3SMv1). Numerically relevant timescales in MG2 are derived by computing the eigenspectrum of its Jacobian. These timescales are found to often be smaller than the default 5 min time step used for MG2. The fast timescales are then heuristically connected to individual microphysics processes. By substepping a few particular rain processes within MG2, the time discretization error for those processes was considerably reduced with minimal additional expense to the overall microphysics. While this improvement has a substantial effect on the target processes and on the vertical distribution of stratiform-derived rain within E3SMv1, the overall model climate is found to not be sensitive to MG2 time step. We hypothesize that this is because the surface climate does not depend strongly on certain process rates, especially MG2's rain evaporation rate.

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  author={Santos, S. P. and Caldwell, P. M. and Bretherton, C. S.},
  title={Numerically relevant timescales in the MG2 microphysics model},

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ID  - sa03400r
AU  - Santos, S. P.
AU  - Caldwell, P. M.
AU  - Bretherton, C. S.
PY  - 2020
TI  - Numerically relevant timescales in the MG2 microphysics model
VL  - 12
IS  - 4
SP  - e2019MS001972
DO  - 10.1029/2019MS001972
ER  -

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