Articles | Volume 13, issue 1
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 13, 99–107, 2006
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-13-99-2006
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 13, 99–107, 2006
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-13-99-2006

  12 Apr 2006

12 Apr 2006

Nonlinear effects in a conceptual multilayer cloud model

U. Wacker U. Wacker
  • Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung, 27515 Bremerhaven, Germany

Abstract. As conceptual model for a cloud a system is considered which is open for condensate mass transport and subject to internal processes such as cloud microphysical transformation and vertical condensate transport. The effects of microphysical processes are represented in parameterized form and the system is divided into two layers to account for the vertical structure. The evolution is mathematically described in terms of four coupled nonlinear ODEs; the prognostic variables are the mass concentrations of cloud water as well as precipitation condensate in each of the layers. In the absence of vertical velocity the evolution in the lower layer is triggered by the evolution in the upper layer. In the presence of an upwind, the dynamics in both layers is mutually coupled. Depending on the chosen parameter values up to four steady states are found. When varying the parameter upwind velocity, three regimes are distinguished: For week upwind the long-term evolution is steered by the external sources; for stronger upwind the cloud condensate is blown out of the cloud in the final state and does not contribute to formation of precipitation; for intermediate upwind multiple steady state solution branches arise which characterize the transition between those two regimes.

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