Notes on the exact solution of moist updraught equations

TitleNotes on the exact solution of moist updraught equations
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsJanssen, P, Köhler, M
Secondary TitleTechnical Memorandum
Number530
Abstract

The entraining plume model is at the center of most convection parametrizations in global climate and weather prediction models. Entrainment can be formulated in terms of a relaxation time scale which makes it inversely dependent on the parcel vertical velocity. The result is a rather complex system of equations with a singularity for zero vertical velocity and infinite entrainment. This makes it impossible to numerically solve the coupled equations. The determination of the top of convection or the boundary layer will therefore be highly inaccurate. Here the system of equations is solved for dry, moist and cloudy situations.