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Volume 4, issue 3
Geosci. Model Dev., 4, 797–807, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-4-797-2011
© Author(s) 2011. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Geosci. Model Dev., 4, 797–807, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-4-797-2011
© Author(s) 2011. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Development and technical paper 16 Sep 2011

Development and technical paper | 16 Sep 2011

iGen 0.1: the automated generation of a parameterisation of entrainment in marine stratocumulus

D. F. Tang1 and S. Dobbie2 D. F. Tang and S. Dobbie
  • 1School of Mathematics, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  • 2School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Abstract. In a previous paper we described a new technique for automatically generating parameterisations using a program called iGen. iGen generates parameterisations by analysing the source code of a~high resolution model that resolves the physics to be parameterised. In order to demonstrate that this technique scales up to deal with models of realistic complexity we have used iGen to generate a parameterisation of entrainment in marine stratocumulus. We describe how iGen was used to analyse the source code of an eddy resolving model (ERM) and generate a parameterisation of entrainment velocity in marine stratocumulus in terms of the large-scale state of the boundary layer. The parameterisation was tested against results from the DYCOMS-II intercomparison of ERM models and iGen's parameterisation of mean entrainment velocity was found to be 5.27 × 10−3 ± 0.62 × 10−3 m s−1 compared to 5.2 × 10−3 ± 0.8 × 10−3 m s−1 for the DYCOMS-II ensemble of large eddy simulation (LES) models.

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