In atmospheric modeling, superparameterization (SP) has gained popularity as a technique to improve cloud and convection representations in large-scale models by coupling them locally to cloud-resolving models. We show how the different representations of cloud water in the local and the global models in SP lead to a suppression of cloud advection and ultimately to a systematic underrepresentation of the cloud amount in the large-scale model. We demonstrate this phenomenon in a regional SP experiment with the global model OpenIFS coupled to the local model Dutch Atmospheric Large Eddy Simulation, as well as in an idealized setup, where the large-scale model is replaced by a simple advection scheme. As a starting point for mitigating the problem of suppressed cloud advection, we propose a scheme where the spatial variability of the local model's total water content is enhanced in order to match the global model's cloud condensate amount. The proposed scheme enhances the cloud condensate amount in the test cases, however a large discrepancy remains, caused by rapid dissipation of the clouds added by the proposed scheme.

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Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Amsterdam (CWI), The Netherlands

Jansson, F.R, van den Oord, G, Pelupessy, F.I, Chertova, M, Grönqvist, J.H, Siebesma, A.P, & Crommelin, D.T. (2022). Representing cloud mesoscale variability in superparameterized climate models. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 14(8), e2021MS002892.1–e2021MS002892.16. doi:10.1029/2021MS002892