To better represent organized convection in the Climate Forecast System version 2 (CFSv2), a stochastic multicloud model (SMCM) parameterization is adopted and a 15 year climate run is made. The last 10 years of simulations are analyzed here. While retaining an equally good mean state (if not better) as the parent model, the CFS-SMCM simulation shows significant improvement in the synoptic and intraseasonal variability. The CFS-SMCM provides a better account of convectively coupled equatorial waves and the Madden-Julian oscillation. The CFS-SMCM exhibits improvements in northward and eastward propagation of intraseasonal oscillation of convection including the MJO propagation beyond the maritime continent barrier, which is the Achilles Heel for coarse-resolution global climate models (GCMs). The distribution of precipitation events is better simulated in CFSsmcm and spreads naturally toward high-precipitation events. Deterministic GCMs tend to simulate a narrow distribution with too much drizzling precipitation and too little high-precipitation events.
- climate model
- organized convection
- stochastic multicloud model
- synoptic and intraseasonal variability
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)