Articles | Volume 17, issue 4
22 Jul 2010
 | 22 Jul 2010

Spatio-temporal error growth in the multi-scale Lorenz'96 model

S. Herrera, J. Fernández, M. A. Rodríguez, and J. M. Gutiérrez

Abstract. The influence of multiple spatio-temporal scales on the error growth and predictability of atmospheric flows is analyzed throughout the paper. To this aim, we consider the two-scale Lorenz'96 model and study the interplay of the slow and fast variables on the error growth dynamics. It is shown that when the coupling between slow and fast variables is weak the slow variables dominate the evolution of fluctuations whereas in the case of strong coupling the fast variables impose a non-trivial complex error growth pattern on the slow variables with two different regimes, before and after saturation of fast variables. This complex behavior is analyzed using the recently introduced Mean-Variance Logarithmic (MVL) diagram.