Using the UM dynamical cores to reproduce idealised 3-D flows
Geoscientific Model Development
European Geosciences Union (EGU)
© Author(s) 2014. Published under CC Attribution 3.0 License.
We demonstrate that both the current (New Dynamics), and next generation (ENDGame) dynamical cores of the UK Met Office global circulation model, the UM, reproduce consistently, the long-term, large-scale flows found in several published idealised tests. The cases presented are the Held-Suarez test, a simplified model of Earth (including a stratosphere), and a hypothetical tidally locked Earth. Furthermore, we show that using simplifications to the dynamical equations, which are expected to be justified for the physical domains and flow regimes we have studied, and which are supported by the ENDGame dynamical core, also produces matching long-term, large-scale flows. Finally, we present evidence for differences in the detail of the planetary flows and circulations resulting from improvements in the ENDGame formulation over New Dynamics.
We would like to thank Paul Ullrich and Kevin Heng for their valuable comments, when reviewing this manuscript. We would also like to thank Tom Melvin for his expert advice, and both Charline Marzin and Douglas Boyd for technical help. This work is supported by the European Research Council under the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013 Grant Agreement no. 247060) and by the Consolidated STFC grant ST/J001627/1. This work is also partly supported by the Royal Society award WM090065. The calculations for this paper were performed on the DiRAC Facility jointly funded by STFC, the Large Facilities Capital Fund of BIS, and the University of Exeter.
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Vol. 7, pp. 3059 - 3087