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1 Numerical Weather Prediction Moist Thermodynamics Peter Bechtold and Adrian Tompkins

2 Can we represent clouds in a GCM ie. Moisture transport and phase changes ? e.g. T799 36h forecast from Meteosat 9 versus forecasted satellite image What is the annual global mean cloud cover ?

3 The same for GOES12 versus IFS ! Tropical Cyclone (Gustaf), Tropical continental convection Stratocumulus, Cirrus

4 Overview of Clouds/Convection Introduction –Moist thermodynamics Parametrization of moist convection (4 lectures, Peter), –Theory of moist convection –Common approaches to parametrization including the ECMWF scheme Cloud Resolving Models (1 lecture - Richard) –Their development and use as parametrization tools Parametrization of clouds (4 lectures - Richard) –Basic microphysics of clouds –The ECMWF cloud scheme and problem of representing cloud cover –Issues concerning validation Planetary boundary-layer ( 4 lectures – Martin+Anton ) -- Surface fluxes, turbulence, mixing and clouds Exercise Classes ( 1 afternoon, Peter and Richard)

5 Moist Thermodynamics The great Belgian tradition: Thermodynamique de latmosphere Dufour and v. Mieghem (1975) Most recent: Maarten Ambaum (2010) Thermal physics of the atmosphere For simplified Overview: Rogers and Yau (1989) A short course in cloud physics Thermodynamics and Kinematics: K. A. Emanuel (1994) Atmospheric Convection Textbooks

6 The First and Second Law The First Law of Thermodynamics: Heat is work and work is heat. Heat is work and work is heat Very good! The Second Law of Thermodynamics: Heat cannot of itself pass from one body to a hotter body, Heat cannot of itself pass from one body to a hotter body Heat won't pass from a cooler to a hotter, Heat won't pass from a cooler to a hotter You can try it if you like but you'd far better notter, You can try it if you like but you'd far better notter 'Cos the cold in the cooler will get hotter as a ruler, 'Cos the cold in the cooler will get hotter as a ruler 'Cos the hotter body's heat will pass to the cooler, 'Cos the hotter body's heat will pass to the cooler Good, First Law: Heat is work and work is heat and work is heat and heat is work Heat will pass by conduction, Heat will pass by conduction And heat will pass by convection, Heat will pass by convection And heat will pass by radiation, Heat will pass by radiation And that's a physical law. Heat is work and work's a curse, And all the heat in the universe, Is gonna cooooool down 'Cos it can't increase, Then there'll be no more work And there'll be perfect peace Really? Yeah, that's entropy, maan!

7 And its all because of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which lays down: That you can't pass heat from a cooler to a hotter, Try it if you like but you far better notter, 'Cos the cold in the cooler will get hotter as a ruler, 'Cos the hotter body's heat will pass to the cooler. Oh you can't pass heat, cooler to a hotter, Try it if you like but you'll only look a fooler 'Cos the cold in the cooler will get hotter as a ruler And that's a physical Law! Oh, I'm hot! Hot? That's because you've been working! Oh, Beatles - nothing! That's the First and Second Law of Thermodynamics! The First and Second Law Authors: M. Flanders ( ) & D. Swann ( ) From "At the Drop of Another Hat

8 Moist Thermodynamics Ideal Gas Law Assume that moist air can be treated as mixture of two ideal gases: dry air + vapour Dry air equation of state: Gas Constant for dry air = 287 J Kg -1 K -1 Pressure Density Water Vapour equation of state: Vapour pressure vapour density Gas constant for Vapour = 461 J Kg -1 K Temperature What is definition of ideal gas?

9 Pressure, partial pressures and gas law for moist air Partial pressures add if both gases occupy same volume V. N x are the mol masses

10 First law of thermodynamics Heat supplied by diabatic process Change in internal Energy Work done by Gas Energy conservation and Heat All quantities are per unit mass (specific) dQ is not a perfect differential, but ds (change in entropie is !) Can write as Specific Heat at constant volume

11 First law of thermodynamics: Enthalpy and Legendre transformation Changing variables Special processes: Adiabatic Process dQ=0 or better ds=0 Special significance since many atmospheric motions can be approximated as adiabatic

12 Enthalpy and flow process In isentropic (adiabatic) flow velocity

13 Summary :Potentials and Maxwell relations Internal Energy Enthalpy Helmholtz free Energy Gibbs free Energy

14 Conserved Variables Using enthalpy equation and integrating, obtain Poissons equation Setting reference pressure to 1000hPa gives the definition of potential temperature for dry air Conserved in dry adiabatic motions, e.g. boundary layer turbulence What is the speed of sound?

15 4. Mixing ratio Humidity variables There are a number of common ways to describe vapour content etc 1. Vapour Pressure 2. Absolute humidity 3. Specific humidity Mass of water vapour per unit moist air 5. Relative humidity Mass of water vapour per unit dry air 6. Specific liquid water content 7. Total water content e

16 Humidity variables How to define moist quantities and how to switch from mixing ratio to specific humidity. For any intensive quantity we have

17 Virtual temperature T v Another way to describe the vapour content is the virtual temperature, an artificial temperature. By extension, we define the virtual potential temperature, which is a conserved variable in unsaturated ascent, and related to density It describes the temperature required for dry air, in order to have at the same pressure the same density as a sample of moist air Definition:

18 The Clausius-Clapeyron equation For the phase change between water and water vapour the equilibrium pressure (often called saturation water vapour pressure) is a function of temperature only water air+water vapour Consider this closed system in equilibrium: T equal for water & air, no net evaporation or condensation Air is said to be saturated with v >> w, and the ideal gas law v =R v T/e s

19 The Clausius-Clapeyron equation - Integration The problem of integrating the Clausius-Clapeyron equation lies in the temperature dependence of L v. Fortunately this dependence is only weak, so that approximate formulae can be derived. Nonlinearity has consequences for mixing in convection e s0 = 6.11 hPa at T 0 =273 K

20 Meteorological energy diagrams Total heat added in cyclic process: Thus diagram with ordinates T versus ln will have the properties of equal areas=equal energy Called a TEPHIGRAM rotate to have pressure (almost) horizontal Dry adiabatic motion Pressure T

21 T Tephigram (II) pressure r Saturation specific humidity Saturation mixing ratio Function of temperature and pressure only – tephigrams have isopleths of r s

22 Using a Tephigram At a pressure of 950 hPa Measure T=20 o C r=10 gkg -1 plot a atmospheric sounding

23 Enthalpy and phase change Have we been a bit negligeant ? Yes, more precisely Divide by m d (or m d +m v ) and assume adiabatic process

24 Ways of reaching saturation Several ways to reach saturation: Diabatic Cooling (e.g. Radiation) Evaporation (e.g. of precipitation) Expansion (e.g. ascent/descent) Cooling: Dew point temperature T d Temperature to which air must be cooled to reach saturation, with p and r held constant All of these are important cloud processes!!! Evaporation: Wet-bulb temperature T w Temperature to which air may be cooled by evaporation of water into it until saturation is reached, at constant p Will show how to determine graphically from tephigram

25 Ways of reaching saturation: Expansion: (Pseudo) Adiabatic Processes As (unsaturated) moist air expands (e.g. through vertical motion), cools adiabatically conserving. Eventually saturation pressure is reached, T,p are known as the isentropic condensation temperature and pressure, respectively. The level is also known as the Lifting Condensation Level. If expansion continues, condensation will occur (assuming that liquid water condenses efficiently and no super saturation can persist), thus the temperature will decrease at a slower rate.

26 Ways of reaching saturation: Expansion: (Pseudo) Adiabatic Processes Have to make a decision concerning the condensed water. Does it falls out instantly or does it remain in the parcel? If it remains, the heat capacity should be accounted for, and it will have an effect on parcel buoyancy Once the freezing point is reached, are ice processes taken into account? (complex) These are issues concerning microphysics, and dynamics. The air parcel history will depend on the situation. We take the simplest case: all condensate instantly lost as precipitation, known as Pseudo adiabatic process Pseudo adiabatic process

27 T Tephigram (III) pressure r Pseudoadiabat (or moist adiabat) Remember: Involves an arbitrary cloud model

28 Cooling: (Isobaric process) gives dew point temperature parcel mixing ratio=5g/kg Expansion, (adiabatic process) gives condensation temperature

29 Wet Bulb Temperature Moist Adiabat

30 Parcel at 850 hPa, T=12.5 o C r=6 g/kg TeTe Raise parcel pseudoadiabatically until all humidity condenses and then descend dry adiabatically to reference pressure e (=315K) Equivalent Potential temperature conserved in adiabatic motions

31 Summary: Conserved Variables Dry adiabatic processes Moist adiabatic processes potential temperature equivalent potential temperature moist static energy total water specific humidity In HYDROSTATIC ATMOSPHERE: dry static energy Specific humidity

32 Last not least: how to compute numerically saturation (adjustment) given T, q check if q > q s (T) then solve for adjusted T *,q * so that q * = q s (T * ) q l = q-q s (T * ) using c p dT = -L v dq s either numerically through iteration or with the aid of a linearisation of q s (T*) (see Excercises !!) T,q v T*,q vs ( T*) qvqv

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