Numerical simulation of cloud-clear air interfacial mixing: Homogeneous versus inhomogeneous mixing

AMS Citation:
Andrejczuk, M., W. W. Grabowski, S. Malinowski, and P. K. Smolarkiewicz, 2009: Numerical simulation of cloud-clear air interfacial mixing: Homogeneous versus inhomogeneous mixing. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 66, 2493-2500, doi:10.1175/2009JAS2956.1.
Date:2009-01-01
Resource Type:article
Title:Numerical simulation of cloud-clear air interfacial mixing: Homogeneous versus inhomogeneous mixing
Abstract: This note presents an analysis of several dozens of direct numerical simulations of the cloud–clear air mixing in a setup of decaying moist turbulence with bin microphysics. The goal is to assess the instantaneous relationship between the homogeneity of mixing and the ratio of the time scales of droplet evaporation and turbulent homogenization. Such a relationship is important for developing improved microphysical parameterizations for large-eddy simulation of clouds. The analysis suggests a robust relationship for the range of time scale ratios between 0.5 and 10. Outside this range, the scatter of numerical data is significant, with smaller and larger time scale ratios corresponding to mixing scenarios that approach the extremely inhomogeneous and homogeneous limits, respectively. This is consistent with the heuristic argument relating the homogeneity of mixing to the time scale ratio.
Subject(s):Numerical analysis/modeling, Clouds, Mixing, Turbulence, Cloud microphysics
Peer Review:Refereed
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OpenSky citable URL: ark:/85065/d7c53m19
Publisher's Version: 10.1175/2009JAS2956.1
Author(s):
  • M. Andrejczuk
  • Wojciech Grabowski - NCAR/UCAR
  • S. Malinowski
  • Peter Smolarkiewicz - NCAR/UCAR
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