Tytuł artykułu

Application of the Polar WRF model for Svalbard - sensitivity to planetary boundary layer, radiationand microphysics schemes

Tytuł czasopisma

Polish Polar Research




vol. 39


No 3

Autorzy publikacji

Słowa kluczowe

Arctic ; dynamical downscaling ; parameterizations testing ; numerical modeling ; model evaluation

Wydział PAN

Nauki o Ziemi




This paper constitutes the sensitivity study of application the Polar WRF

model to the Svalbard area with testing selected parameterizations, including planetary

boundary layer, radiation and microphysics schemes. The model was configured, using

three one-way nested domains with 27 km, 9 km and 3 km grid cell resolutions. Results

from the innermost domain were presented and compared against measured wind speed

and air temperature at 10 meteorological stations. The study period covers two months:

June 2008 and January 2009. Significant differences between simulations results occurred

for planetary boundary layer (PBL) schemes in January 2009. The Mellor-Yamada-Janjic

(MYJ) planetary boundary layer (PBL) scheme resulted in the lowest errors for air

temperature, according to mean error (ME), mean absolute error (MAE) and correlation

coefficient values, where for wind speed this scheme was the worst from all the PBL

schemes tested. In the case of June 2008, shortwave and longwave radiation schemes

influenced the results the most. Generally, higher correlations were obtained for January,

both for air temperature and wind speed. However, the model performs better for June

in terms of ME and MAE error statistics. The results were also analyzed spatially, to

summarize the uncertainty of the model results related to the analyzed parameterization

schemes groups. Significant variability among simulations was calculated for January

2009 over the northern part of Spitsbergen and fjords for the PBL schemes. Standard

deviations for monthly average simulated values were up to 3.5°C for air temperature

and around 1 m s-1 for wind speed.


Polish Academy of Sciences ; Committee on Polar Research




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