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Parameterization Schemes

Parameterization Schemes
Keys to Understanding Numerical Weather Prediction Models


  • Author: David J. Stensrud, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Norman, Oklahoma
  • Date Published: December 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521126762
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  • Numerical weather prediction models play an increasingly important role in meteorology, both in short- and medium-range forecasting and global climate change studies. The most important components of any numerical weather prediction model are the subgrid-scale parameterization schemes, and the analysis and understanding of these schemes is a key aspect of numerical weather prediction. This book provides in-depth explorations of the most commonly used types of parameterization schemes that influence both short-range weather forecasts and global climate models. Several parameterizations are summarised and compared, followed by a discussion of their limitations. Review questions at the end of each chapter enable readers to monitor their understanding of the topics covered, and solutions are available to instructors at This will be an essential reference for academic researchers, meteorologists, weather forecasters, and graduate students interested in numerical weather prediction and its use in weather forecasting.

    • Explores the most commonly used parameterization schemes in depth
    • Contains overviews and basic theory behind each scheme
    • Includes review questions so readers can monitor their understanding, with solutions available to instructors at
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    Review of the hardback: '… Stensrud's book is principally a good and well-edited book. It fills a gap as a comparable volume is presently not available on the market. It fits well as a first course to convey the basic ideas and problems one encounters when heading at closing numerical models for subgrid-scale processes. It is well suited to introduce one of the key problems in numerical simulation of geophysical flows. It is probably also a good book for all those who have to deal with large-scale weather forecast and climate models.' Meteorologische Zeitschrift

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    • Date Published: December 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521126762
    • length: 480 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.76kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of principal symbols and abbreviations
    1. Why study parameterization schemes?
    2. Land surface-atmosphere parameterizations
    3. Soil-vegetation-atmosphere parameterizations
    4. Water-atmosphere parameterizations
    5. Planetary boundary layer and turbulence parameterizations
    6. Convective parameterizations
    7. Microphysics parameterizations
    8. Radiation parameterizations
    9. Cloud cover and cloudy sky radiation parameterizations
    10. Orographic drag parameterizations
    11. Thoughts on the future
    12. References

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