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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/19089

Title: Energy and Momentum Consistency in Subgrid-scale Parameterization for Climate Models
Authors: Shaw, Tiffany A.
Advisor: Shepherd, Theodore G.
Department: Physics
Keywords: Atmospheric science
climate models
subgrid-scale parameterization
conservation laws
Issue Date: 23-Feb-2010
Abstract: This thesis examines the importance of energy and momentum consistency in subgrid-scale parameterization for climate models. It is divided into two parts according to the two aspects of the problem that are investigated, namely the importance of momentum conservation alone and the consistency between energy and momentum conservation. The first part addresses the importance of momentum conservation alone. Using a zonally-symmetric model, it is shown that violating momentum conservation in the parameterization of gravity wave drag leads to large errors and non-robustness of the response to an imposed radiative perturbation in the middle atmosphere. Using the Canadian Middle Atmosphere Model, a three-dimensional climate model, it is shown that violating momentum conservation, by allowing gravity wave momentum flux to escape through the model lid, leads to large errors in the mean climate when the model lid is placed at 10 hPa. When the model lid is placed at 0.001 hPa the errors due to nonconservation are minimal. When the 10 hPa climate is perturbed by idealized ozone depletion in the southern hemisphere, nonconservation is found to significantly alter the polar temperature and surface responses. Overall, momentum conservation ensures a better agreement between the 10 hPa and the 0.001 hPa climates. The second part addresses the self-consistency of energy and momentum conservation. Using Hamiltonian geophysical fluid dynamics, pseudoenergy and pseudomomentum wave-activity conservation laws are derived for the subgrid-scale dynamics. Noether’s theorem is used to derive a relationship between the wave-activity fluxes, which represents a generalization of the first Eliassen-Palm theorem. Using multiple scale asymptotics a theoretical framework for subgrid-scale parameterization is built which consistently conserves both energy and momentum and respects the second law of thermodynamics. The framework couples a hydrostatic resolved-scale flow to a non-hydrostatic subgrid-scale flow. The transfers of energy and momentum between the two scales are understood using the subgrid-scale wave-activity conservation laws, whose relationships with the resolved-scale dynamics represent generalized non-acceleration theorems. The derived relationship between the wave-activity fluxes — which represents a generalization of the second Eliassen-Palm theorem — is key to ensuring consistency between energy and momentum conservation. The framework includes a consistent formulation of heating and entropy production due to kinetic energy dissipation.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/19089
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